§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many non-teaching staff were employed by local education authorities throughout the United Kingdom for each year since 1990; and if she will make a statement. 465W
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The information is as follows:
Full-time equivalent of non-teaching staff1 employed by local authorities in England—June 1990 to June 1996 Years as at June FTE of Non-teaching staff3 1990 362,400 1991 364,200 1992 360,300 1993 318,200 1994 320,300 1995 (revised basis)2 269,300 1996 (provisional) 266,000 Source: The main source of information about local authority employment is a survey carried out by the Local Government Management Board on behalf of the joint staffing watch group, on which both local and central government are represented. Notes: 1 The table includes all manual and non-manual staff whether employed in schools or centrally based. Staff employed by grant-maintained schools are excluded throughout. The figures for 1993 to 1996 exclude staff in colleges that transferred to the new FE sector in April 1993. 2 The figures for 1994 and 1995 were not calculated on a comparable basis because of changes to the survey. Previously FTEs were estimated using national statistics of average hours worked. Since 1995 more reliable FTEs are calculated by local authorities at employee level. Also, staff doing two or more jobs in an authority are now recorded for each job separately. It is estimated that, using the 1995 basis of calculation, there was a growth of about 2,000 FTE non-teaching staff between 1994 and 1995. 3 Non-teaching staff include educational support, clerical, school meals and premises related staff employed in schools and colleges, together with central services and administration within the education service.