§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual cost is of employing an immigration officer; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Angela Eagle
[holding answer 26 May 2001]: The current pay range for Immigration Officers (IO) is:
£ National 16,936–21,381 London and Gatwick 16,365–21,820
Immigration Officers also receive shift disturbance allowance at 16.5 per cent. of salary and London Weighting dependent on location, Other allowances, e.g. for languages, are payable on an individual basis. The Immigration Service also incurs both Employers National Insurance Contributions and Superannuation costs. Additional pay-related costs include overtime, premium payments for weekend and public holiday working.
During the financial year 2000–01, the average annual pay related cost for Immigration Officers was £32,370, comprising £28,500 pay and allowances (including 84W shift disturbance allowance, National Insurance and Superannuation, £872 overtime and £2,996 premia payments).
As the number of Immigration Officers employed increases in line with agreed recruitment, average costs will fall reflecting lower salaries for junior staff and reduced average overtime and premia payments.