TfL Transformation programme (3)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With regards to the TfL Transformation programme please provide me with details of the total number of Non-Permanent Labour employed by TfL at December 2016, 31 July 2017 and 31 October by duration of employment, pay band and Transformation workstream?


Answer for TfL Transformation programme (3)

Answer for TfL Transformation programme (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is currently carrying out the largest ever overhaul of the organisation to provide an efficient and cost effective transport service for Londoners, while maintaining safety, front-line services and vital investment.

The below tables provide the total number of Non-Permanent Labour (NPL) employed   by workstream and by duration of employment at the closest appropriate reporting date for NPL to the dates specified (7 January 2017, 22 July 2017 and 11 November respectively).

NPL resource does not follow the same pay band structure as TfL, attempting to band NPL would have to be applied on a case-by-case basis and consistency of this evaluation could not be guaranteed between different workstreams or over time.

Temporary workers should normally only to be used for time-limited projects and where the competitive market for the right skills means that TfL has no other options to secure the people it needs to deliver services and investment such as modernisation of London Underground, building Crossrail and improving the road network. For example, there is an acute shortage of people with the necessary engineering skills which means that there is a relatively small pool of suitably qualified candidates who often prefer to work on an agency basis. The use of NPL has declined significantly since controls were brought in to reduce the use of NPL in December 2015.  Total NPL use has decreased from 3,095 at the start of 2016/17 to a total of 1,607 in November 2017.  This has reduced the cost of NPL use across TfL by over £3m per week.

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