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Human Resources

Workforce
Information Report
Contact Details Issue 08 September 2005

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Stefan Hendry, Assistant HR Manager Workforce Contact Details 1
Planning & Information on 020 7217 8556 or by email at:
Headline Figures 1
stefan.hendry3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Supplementary Notes 2
If you have any comments on this report, please e-mail
your comments to: Staff in Post
NPD.workforceinforeport@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk By Staff Group 2
Staffing Ratios 3
Detailed Breakdown of Staff in Post
Headline Figures Operational Staff 5
Support Staff 7
• At the end of Quarter 1 2005/2006 (1 April – 30 June Change in Staff in Post by Area 9
2005) there were a total of 20,020.35 FTE staff in
the NPS (including NPD and Chief Officers) Vacancy Levels
Operational Staff 13
• 14,706.11 of these staff were employed in an
operational capacity (73.46%), with the remaining Support Staff 16
5,314.24 FTE employed as support staff (26.54%). Starters and Leavers
The overall ratio of support to operational staff in the
NPS was 1:2.77 at the end of the quarter By Staff Group 22
By Area 22
• The total number of staff employed by the NPS has
By Region 27
decreased since last quarter, down by 108.40 FTE
or 0.54%. However, this fall is the result of 194.30 Regional Attrition Rates 29
FTE from the NPD transferring to NOMS HQ. If NPD Destination of Leavers 29
is excluded, the rest of the NPS has actually grown Health and Safety 30
by 85.89 FTE (0.43%)
• 7 of the 10 Regions in the NPS have experienced a
modest increase in staff numbers of less than 1%. in other regions due to the fact that they are
The exception is the East Midlands region, which recruiting to achieve a 10% increase in staff, as well
has grown by 1.72% since last quarter. Any as backfill existing vacancies
decreases have been similarly minor
• The frequency rate of ‘3 day lost time’ accidents has
• The national attrition rate for the 12 months to the fallen in Quarter 1 2005/2006 (down by 7.07%)
close of Quarter 1 2005/2006 stands at 9.21%, following a short lived rise in the previous quarter,
which is a continuation of the decreases seen in while the same rate for ‘1 to 3 day lost time’
recent quarters (down from 10.24% for the 12 accidents has risen by 8.71%
months to Quarter 4 2004/2005)
• The rate of accidents (calculated as accidents per
• Active operational and support vacancies have FTE) continues to be relatively steady across the
increased substantially since last quarter, up by NPS Regions. However, the East Midlands and
445.23 and 180.74 FTE respectively. However, Wales Regions have shown a sharp increase in the
almost all of this increase originates from the fact current quarter. A similar increase has been
that this is the first quarter in which London has observed in London, but this is due to improvements
been able to provide figures for active vacancies. In in reporting rather than any change to the rate of
addition, London’s figures are noticeably higher than accidents in the Region

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Supplementary Notes
This report covers the period 1 April to 30 June 2005 The terminology used within this report is defined as
(Quarter 1), and has been compiled using data follows: -
submitted by the 42 Probation Areas, and the National
Probation Directorate (NPD). The material has not FTE – Full time equivalent.
previously been published. Establishment – the number of staff for which
budgetary provision has been made, which may be
• Data contained within this report on staff numbers
subject to revision and reallocation during the course of
represents a snap-shot at the 30 June 2005
the year. The systems in a small number of Areas are
• Data from Quarter 4 2004/2005 has been included not set up to report on establishment levels and
where appropriate for comparison, as well as from separate provisions have been made to collate the
previous quarters where necessary relevant information.
• The data contained within the report is not directly Vacancy – a post that is being actively recruited to.
comparable with previous data collected through
RDS Probation Statistics Operational Staff – represents those staff whose work
• In a small number of Areas the staff in post figures involves direct contact with offenders on a daily basis.
are not entirely consistent with the number of Support Staff – all other staff employed within the
starters and leavers in the period. These can be Service. It is acknowledged that some staff categorised
accounted for as follows:- within this group may have some contact with offenders.
- Changes in the working hours of existing Attrition – calculated as the number of leavers/average
employees number of staff in post over the period. At Area level,
- Reorganisation of Area business units that has in attrition includes those who have left that Area but who
turn affected categorization of job groups have remained within the Service. At national level,
such leavers are not included, as they do not represent
- Local adjustments to categorisation of staff into attrition from the Service.
job groups, and interpretations of the boundaries
of job groups

Staff in Post
On 30 June 2005 there were 20,020.35 FTE staff
employed across the NPS (including those employed in Table 1 – Staff in Post by Job Group (Operational)
the NPD and Chief Officers).
Quarter 1 Change on Change on
This is a decrease in staff of 108.40 FTE (0.54%) on 05/06 Quarter Ye ar
figures reported at the close of Quarter 4 2004/2005.
Senior Probation Officer 1171.50 - 2.53 + 31.44
However, all of this decrease can be attributed to the
loss of 194.30 FTE from the NPD as a result of a large Senior Practitioner 357.96 - 12.28 + 10.57
portion of the NPD being transferred to NOMS HQ. Probation Officer 4940.38 - 81.98 + 170.51
Tables 1, 2 (page 2), and 3 (page 3) breakdown these Trainee Probation Officer 1744.61 - 11.00 - 74.61
overall staffing figures by job group.
Probation Services Officer 5965.05 + 115.06 + 497.28

Probation Areas – Operational Staff Psychologist 17.00 - 2.40 - 7.00


Other Operational Staff 509.61 - 63.76 - 64.33
During Quarter 1 there has been a small decrease in
operational staff of 58.89 FTE (0.40%) on those Total 14706.11 - 58.89 + 563.86
employed at the close of the previous quarter.
Small decreases of up to 3% have been recorded in
almost all operational job groups. One of the obvious Chart 1 – Ranked % Change in Staff Numbers by Job
exceptions is the Probation Services Officer (PSO) job Group (Operational, Quarter 1 only)
group, which has continued to grow, up by 115.06 FTE
(1.97%) across the quarter. Probation Services Officer 1.97%

The small losses observed across the operational Senior Probation Officer -0.22%
category in general continue to be consistent with the
seasonal pattern of operational staff numbers in the Trainee Probation Officer -0.63%

NPS. The yearly intake of new TPOs, and linked


Probation Officer -1.63%
increases in subsequent senior operational grades, has
been completed. The relevant job groups will now be Senior Practitioner -3.32%

subject to natural wastage through until the


Other Operational Staff -11.12%
commencement of the next intake. This should mean
that there will be continuing small losses through until Psychologist -12.37%

Quarter 3 of the present financial year.


Operational Group -0.40%

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The other exception to the general pattern of small
Table 2 – Staff in Post by Job Group (Support)
losses is in the ‘Other Operational’ job group. Staff
numbers in this job group have declined by 63.76 FTE
Quarte r 1 Change on Change on
(11.12%) since the previous quarter. 05/06 Quarte r Year
However, the majority of this decrease has it roots in Chief Officer 42.00 0.00 0.00
one Area, where a reorganisation has resulted in a large Deputy Chief Officer/Director 55.90 + 13.90 + 18.20
section of staff being recategorised into the support staff
category. This does not result in a net loss of staff ACO and Equivalent 290.45 + 1.17 + 13.11
across the Area, but obviously affects numbers in the Area/District Managers or Equivalent 147.45 + 17.50 + 48.65
operational category. Manager - Section or Function Head 456.51 + 27.37 + 59.60
The number of staff in the ‘Psychologist’ job category Support Staff - Adm inistration 3590.30 + 92.57 + 84.73
has fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter in a row,
Support Staff Other 327.85 - 21.08 - 39.76
down by 12.37% to 17.00 FTE. This is a total decrease
of 29.17% (7.00 FTE) in the last 12 months. Other Specialist W orker 266.68 + 13.36 - 2.97
Total 5177.14 + 144.79 + 181.56
Probation Areas – Support Staff
In contrast to the operational group, staff numbers in the
support group have risen significantly, with all but one
job group registering and increase on the previous
quarter. Support staff in post have increased by 144.79 Chart 2 – Ranked % Change in Staff Numbers by Job
FTE (2.88%) since Quarter 4 04/05, with the biggest Group (Support, Quarter 1 only)
percentage increase seen in the ‘Deputy Chief Officer’
job group (up by 33.10%). The other significant increase
occurred in the ‘Area/District Manager’ job group, where
Deputy Chief Officer 33.10%
staff in post figures have risen by 17.50 FTE (13.47%).
Area/District Manager 13.47%
The only exception comes in the ‘Support Staff – Other’
job group where staff in post figures have fallen by 21.08 Section/Function Head 6.38%

FTE (6.04%) since last quarter. This is a continuation of


Specialist Worker 5.27%
a downward trend in this job group observed across the
last year. This steady decline may be attributed to Support Staff Admin 2.65%

improvements in the categorization of staff. As the


ACO and Equivalent 0.40%
categorization of staff has improved, the need to use the
catch all ‘Other’ category has decreased. Chief Officer 0.00%

Support Staff Other -6.04%


NPD Staff
Support Group 2.88%
As noted earlier, there has been a significant decrease
in the number of staff in the NPD since the previous
quarter (down by 194.30 FTE, or 58.63%).
This is because a significant portion of the NPD staff
were transferred to NOMS on 1 April 2005. This Table 3 – Staff in Post by Job Group (NPD)
wholesale transfer affects all grades in the NPD, and is
reflected in the decreases seen across the board in Quarte r 1 Change on Change
05/06 Quarter on Year
Table 3.
Senior Civil Servant 8.00 {0.00} - 3.00 - 4.00
Probation Boards Grade 6 17.00 {1.00} - 13.00 - 7.50
At the close of Quarter 1 there were approximately 570 Grade 7 32.00 {9.00} - 44.20 - 55.80
Board Members in post. This figure is for information
Senior Executive Officer 14.00 {3.00} - 32.60 - 52.30
only, as Board Members are not part of the NPS
workforce Higher Executive Officer 14.00 {0.00} - 11.60 - 15.40

Staffing Ratios Exective Officer 21.60 {0.00} - 31.00 - 34.40


Adm inistrative Officer 14.60 {0.00} - 20.00 - 19.00
There continues to be only minor fluctuations in the ratio
of operational to support staff in the NPS. Adm inistrative Assistant 0.00 {0.00} - 1.00 - 3.00

Operational staff accounted for 73.46% (73.34% in Senior Personal Secretary 3.00 {0.00} 0.00 - 2.00
Quarter 4 04/05) of all staff employed by the NPS. This Personal Secretary 5.90 {1.00} - 2.30 - 3.60
means that the ratio of operational to support staff has
Consultants 7.00 - 35.60 + 1.60
risen slightly to 2.77:1 (including those employed by
NPD), compared to 2.74:1 in the previous quarter. Total 137.10 {14.00} - 194.30 - 195.40

Amongst operational staff, the ratio of PSOs to POs has


risen again following a period of consecutive quarterly commenced in the previous quarter has continued into
falls and currently stands at 1.21:1 (1.16:1 last quarter). the present quarter, and is down to 4.22:1 (from 4.28:1)
The decline in the ratio of POs to SPOs which

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Including Chief Officers, but excluding staff employed by quarter. Similarly, the ratio of support staff to managers
NPD, there were 992.31 FTE staff employed in has decreased to 4.22:1 this quarter, from 4.40:1 in
management roles by the NPS at the close of Quarter 1 Quarter 4 2004/2005.
2005/2006. This is an increase of 59.94 FTE, and
When NPD staff are excluded, the overall average ratio
means that management now account for 4.96% of the
of operational to support staff is 2.84:1, a decrease on
total NPS workforce (4.63% previously). The staff to
the ratio of 2.91:1 recorded last quarter. However, there
management ratio currently stands at 20.18:1 (a
are currently no fixed staffing ratios to be adhered to,
significant decrease on the 21.59:1 ratio recorded last
and there is significant fluctuation in the ratio employed
quarter).
in different Areas and Regions of the NPS. For a full
The rise in the number of management staff in turn breakdown by Area, please refer to Table 10 on page
means that the ratio of operational staff to managers has 11.
dropped from 15.63:1 last quarter, to 14.82:1 this

Chart 3 – Ranked % Change in Staff Numbers by Job


Group (NPD, Quarter 1 only)

Senior Personal Secretary 0.00%

Senior Civil Servant -27.27%

Personal Secretary -28.05%

Grade 6 -43.33%

Higher Executive Officer -45.31%

Administrative Officer -57.80%

Grade 7 -58.01%

Exective Officer -58.94%

Senior Executive Officer -69.96%

Consultants -83.57%

Administrative Assistant -100.00%

NPD Group -58.63%

Chart 4 – Staff in Post by Quarter by Grade Chart 5 – Staff in Post by Quarter by Grade
(Operational) (Support)
6000 3600
5900 3570
5800 Probation Services 3540 Support Staff -
5700 Officer 3510 Adm in
5600 3480
5500 3450
5100 470
5020 450 Section/Function
Probation Officer
4940 430 Head
4860 410
4780 390
1800 380
1740 Trainee Probation 360
Support Staff - Other
1680 Officer 340
1620 320
1560 300
1180 320
1160 Senior Probation 300
ACO & Equivalent
1140 Officer 280
1120 260
1100 240
650 280
600 Other Operational 260
Other Specialist
550 Staff 240
500 220
450 200
400 160
380 140 Area/District
Senior Practitioner
360 120 Manager
340 100
320 80
40 60
30 50
Psychologist DCO/Director
20 40
10 30
0 20
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

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Detailed Breakdown of Staff in Post
Operational Staff
The tables below provide a further detailed breakdown or Region. Please note that a small number of Areas
of the areas of work in which operational staff are have not been able to provide data in this form due to
employed across the NPS (excluding the NPD), shown system limitations, but are continuing to look at ways of
by staff group and Region. remedying this over the coming months. In these
instances, staff have been included under the ‘Fieldwork’
The figures are presented as FTE, and as a percentage or ‘Other’ categories as appropriate. The figures below
(figures in blue) of the total staff employed in that group are presented as at 30 June 2005.

Table 4a – Staff in Post by Job Group & Work Area (Operational)

Programmes
Community

Community
Punishment

Supervision

Resttlement

Approved
Premises

DTTOs
Prison

Court
Team
Senior Probation Officer FTE 58.70 213.30 29.10 113.20 66.60 67.03 102.07 50.90
% 5.01 18.21 2.48 9.66 5.69 5.72 8.71 4.34
Senior Practitioner FTE 28.40 33.20 10.01 8.00 10.45 20.00 67.10 9.30
% 7.93 9.27 2.80 2.23 2.92 5.59 18.75 2.60
Probation Officer FTE 156.76 1401.25 179.70 448.68 322.63 57.43 294.26 213.02
% 3.17 28.36 3.64 9.08 6.53 1.16 5.96 4.31
Trainee Probation Officer FTE
%
Probation Services Officer FTE 1455.92 935.79 89.16 346.17 464.42 393.34 698.68 323.10
% 24.41 15.69 1.49 5.80 7.79 6.59 11.71 5.42
Psychologist FTE 0.00 1.00 9.00
% 0.00 5.88 52.94
Other Operational Staff FTE 140.52 33.35 1.43 0.00 6.62 264.16 6.85 5.30
% 27.57 6.54 0.28 0.00 1.30 51.84 1.34 1.04
Total FTE 1840.30 2616.89 310.40 916.05 870.72 801.96 1177.96 601.62
% 12.53 17.82 2.11 6.24 5.93 5.46 8.02 4.10

Table 4b – Staff in Post by Job Group & Work Area (Operational)


Secondment

Secondees

Fieldwork
to YOTS

Services
Training
Liaison

Central
Victim

Other

Other

Total

Senior Probation Officer FTE 13.80 3.00 74.20 42.25 34.65 257.80 44.90 1171.50
% 1.18 0.26 6.33 3.61 2.96 22.01 3.83
Senior Practitioner FTE 4.00 0.00 19.40 101.00 5.00 32.10 10.00 357.96
% 1.12 0.00 5.42 28.22 1.40 8.97 2.79
Probation Officer FTE 28.70 226.31 67.70 164.76 14.70 1268.19 96.30 4940.38
% 0.58 4.58 1.37 3.33 0.30 25.67 1.95
Trainee Probation Officer FTE 1723.61 1723.61
% 100.00
Probation Services Officer FTE 109.20 24.42 56.67 11.25 30.40 779.65 246.88 5965.05
% 1.83 0.41 0.95 0.19 0.51 13.07 4.14
Psychologist FTE 0.00 0.00 4.00 3.00 17.00
% 0.00 0.00 23.53 17.65
Other Operational Staff FTE 4.00 0.00 4.90 15.70 2.00 2.24 22.54 509.61
% 0.78 0.00 0.96 3.08 0.39 0.44 4.42
Total: FTE 159.70 253.73 222.87 2058.57 86.75 2343.98 423.62 14685.11
% 1.09 1.73 1.52 14.02 0.59 15.96 2.88

Tables 4a & 4b: Percentages in blue are calculated as a proportion of the total staff in post within
each job group

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Table 5a – Staff in Post by Region & Work Area (Operational)

Programmes
Community

Community
Punishment

Supervision

Resttlement

Approved
Premises

DTTOs
Prison

Court
Team
North W est FTE 233.52 268.94 0.00 144.05 87.30 155.20 161.61 70.90
% 9.74 11.22 0.00 6.01 3.64 6.48 6.74 2.96
North East FTE 116.43 318.46 8.80 67.60 60.80 31.14 114.80 39.40
% 11.73 32.08 0.89 6.81 6.13 3.14 11.57 3.97
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 257.68 263.90 173.01 114.54 112.04 95.77 123.66 81.20
% 15.09 15.46 10.13 6.71 6.56 5.61 7.24 4.76
W est Midlands FTE 203.38 558.07 8.60 74.00 121.70 115.50 112.60 64.30
% 12.53 34.37 0.53 4.56 7.50 7.11 6.94 3.96
East Midlands FTE 193.96 207.46 43.43 111.33 87.04 73.55 88.07 72.30
% 14.21 15.20 3.18 8.16 6.38 5.39 6.45 5.30
East of England FTE 187.85 311.52 12.46 64.80 48.26 66.38 124.94 48.52
% 15.97 26.49 1.06 5.51 4.10 5.64 10.62 4.13
South W est FTE 114.98 237.65 17.90 96.81 49.73 63.12 103.51 28.50
% 10.72 22.16 1.67 9.03 4.64 5.89 9.65 2.66
South East FTE 115.74 273.29 8.30 163.75 236.45 91.30 147.60 73.90
% 6.80 16.05 0.49 9.62 13.88 5.36 8.67 4.34
London FTE 231.55 0.00 0.00 50.67 0.00 76.00 159.77 68.90
% 12.91 0.00 0.00 2.82 0.00 4.24 8.91 3.84
W ales FTE 185.21 177.60 37.90 28.50 67.40 34.00 41.40 53.70
% 21.14 20.27 4.32 3.25 7.69 3.88 4.72 6.13
T otal FTE 1840.30 2616.89 310.40 916.05 870.72 801.96 1177.96 601.62
% 12.51 17.79 2.11 6.23 5.92 5.45 8.01 4.09

Table 5b – Staff in Post by Region & Work Area (Operational)


Secondment

Secondees

Fieldwork
to YOTS

Services
Training

Central
Liaison
Victim

Other

Other

Total

North W est FTE 2.80 44.80 34.40 307.80 31.00 833.76 20.61 2396.69
% 0.12 1.87 1.44 12.84 1.29 34.79 0.86
North East FTE 22.50 14.50 30.20 135.50 5.50 0.00 27.00 992.63
% 2.27 1.46 3.04 13.65 0.55 0.00 2.72
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 22.80 34.22 51.37 215.81 31.00 111.63 18.50 1707.13
% 1.34 2.00 3.01 12.64 1.82 6.54 1.08
W est Midlands FTE 17.60 25.10 23.20 233.80 10.00 17.40 38.30 1623.55
% 1.08 1.55 1.43 14.40 0.62 1.07 2.36
East Midlands FTE 15.60 28.81 12.60 173.20 7.70 89.30 160.46 1364.81
% 1.14 2.11 0.92 12.69 0.56 6.54 11.76
East of England FTE 14.00 15.10 14.30 174.26 1.00 68.30 24.40 1176.08
% 1.19 1.28 1.22 14.82 0.09 5.81 2.07
South W est FTE 12.90 19.80 25.40 146.20 1.50 56.22 98.00 1072.22
% 1.20 1.85 2.37 13.64 0.14 5.24 9.14
South East FTE 17.00 25.50 14.50 236.60 2.25 266.98 29.85 1703.01
% 1.00 1.50 0.85 13.89 0.13 15.68 1.75
London FTE 23.50 21.80 11.00 298.80 17.80 833.89 0.00 1793.68
% 1.31 1.22 0.61 16.66 0.99 46.49 0.00
W ales FTE 11.00 24.10 5.90 136.60 0.00 66.50 6.50 876.31
% 1.26 2.75 0.67 15.59 0.00 7.59 0.74
T otal FTE 159.70 253.73 222.87 2058.57 107.75 2343.98 423.62 14706.11
% 1.09 1.73 1.52 14.00 0.73 15.94 2.88

Tables 5a, 5b, & 6: Percentages in blue are calculated as a proportion of the total staff in post
within each Region

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Table 6 – Staff in Post by Region & Job Group (Operational)

Psychologist

Operational
Practitioner
Probation

Probation

Probation

Probation
Services
Trainee
Officer

Officer

Officer

Officer
Senior

Senior

Other

Total
Staff
North W est FTE 184.40 28.60 874.75 281.00 838.26 1.00 188.68 2396.69
% 7.69 1.19 36.50 11.72 34.98 0.04 7.87
North East FTE 79.30 4.00 363.26 114.00 420.03 2.00 10.04 992.63
% 7.99 0.40 36.60 11.48 42.31 0.20 1.01
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 137.00 80.21 557.57 197.61 717.47 0.00 17.27 1707.13
% 8.03 4.70 32.66 11.58 42.03 0.00 1.01
W est Midlands FTE 126.60 30.70 628.96 198.00 564.59 0.00 74.70 1623.55
% 7.80 1.89 38.74 12.20 34.78 0.00 4.60
East Midlands FTE 105.00 14.80 419.90 144.00 608.09 4.00 69.02 1364.81
% 7.69 1.08 30.77 10.55 44.55 0.29 5.06
East of England FTE 104.10 67.50 316.94 142.00 494.00 1.00 50.54 1176.08
% 8.85 5.74 26.95 12.07 42.00 0.09 4.30
South W est FTE 75.20 48.20 344.80 121.00 479.06 1.00 2.96 1072.22
% 7.01 4.50 32.16 11.28 44.68 0.09 0.28
South East FTE 128.83 58.35 498.40 189.00 756.93 3.00 68.50 1703.01
% 7.56 3.43 29.27 11.10 44.45 0.18 4.02
London FTE 171.37 0.00 648.70 247.00 722.61 4.00 0.00 1793.68
% 9.55 0.00 36.17 13.77 40.29 0.22 0.00
W ales FTE 59.70 25.60 287.10 111.00 364.01 1.00 27.90 876.31
% 6.81 2.92 32.76 12.67 41.54 0.11 3.18
T otal FTE 1171.50 357.96 4940.38 1744.61 5965.05 17.00 509.61 14706.11
% 7.97 2.43 33.59 11.86 40.56 0.12 3.47

Support Staff
Amongst support staff the available information suggests end of Quarter 4 2004/2005 (8.47%), and is now the
that, at the close of Quarter 1 2005/2006 33.14% were fourth consecutive quarterly increase in this figure.
engaged in roles which do not involve any direct Although these changes continue to be relatively minor,
offender contact. This is the second consecutive this area will continue to be monitored.
quarterly decrease in this figure (33.51% in Quarter 4 The tables below provide a full breakdown of the job
04/05). groups in the support staff category by work area.
This same group represents 8.58% of the total NPS
workforce, which is an increase on the position at the

Table 7 – Staff in Post by Grade & Work Area (Support)


Communications

Information & IT

Partnerships
Development
Operational

Resources

Training &

Research,
Relations
& Public
Services

Finance

Human

Other

Total

Deputy Chief FTE 29.50 11.10 7.60 0.30 1.30 1.80 0.00 4.30 55.90
Officer/Director
% 52.77 19.86 13.60 0.54 2.33 3.22 0.00 7.69
ACO & Equivalent FTE 164.60 20.99 19.74 5.04 3.55 18.29 4.45 53.79 290.45
% 56.67 7.23 6.80 1.74 1.22 6.30 1.53 18.52
Area/District Manager FTE 94.95 4.00 10.50 6.50 1.00 8.00 4.00 18.50 147.45
or Equivalent
% 64.39 2.71 7.12 4.41 0.68 5.43 2.71 12.55
Manager - Section or FTE 222.02 43.66 40.23 20.09 13.49 49.20 18.80 49.02 456.51
Function Head
% 48.63 9.56 8.81 4.40 2.96 10.78 4.12 10.74
Support Staff - FTE 2680.82 158.67 133.42 85.45 28.86 246.26 30.19 226.63 3590.30
Adm inistration
% 74.67 4.42 3.72 2.38 0.80 6.86 0.84 6.31
Support Staff Other FTE 231.65 15.65 12.00 9.00 0.00 40.97 1.00 17.58 327.85
% 70.66 4.77 3.66 2.75 0.00 12.50 0.31 5.36
Other Specialist FTE 9.70 27.71 45.67 7.70 14.30 102.76 15.70 43.14 266.68
W orker
% 3.64 10.39 17.13 2.89 5.36 38.53 5.89 16.18
T otal FTE 3433.24 281.78 269.16 134.08 62.50 467.28 74.14 412.96 5135.14
% 66.86 5.49 5.24 2.61 1.22 9.10 1.44 8.04

Table 7: Percentages in blue are calculated as a proportion of the total staff in post within each
job group.

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Table 8 – Staff in Post by Region & Work Area (Support)

Communications

Information & IT

Partnerships
Development
Operational

Resources

Training &

Research,
Relations
& Public
Services

Finance

Human

Other

Total
North W est FTE 487.51 36.95 44.13 20.87 12.54 73.69 8.17 132.73 816.59
% 59.70 4.52 5.40 2.56 1.54 9.02 1.00 16.25
North East FTE 223.57 16.20 14.51 9.29 2.50 22.60 0.00 25.80 314.47
% 71.09 5.15 4.61 2.95 0.79 7.19 0.00 8.20
Yorkshire & FTE 472.64 44.15 33.44 19.45 4.95 53.06 9.25 37.64 674.58
Hum berside
% 70.06 6.54 4.96 2.88 0.73 7.87 1.37 5.58
W est Midlands FTE 441.64 35.10 28.65 14.19 9.20 54.91 21.10 19.50 624.29
% 70.74 5.62 4.59 2.27 1.47 8.80 3.38 3.12
East Midlands FTE 268.71 26.80 24.40 10.10 3.80 39.31 6.60 50.83 430.55
% 62.41 6.22 5.67 2.35 0.88 9.13 1.53 11.81
East of England FTE 235.93 16.02 23.06 12.00 4.01 46.38 12.64 34.37 384.42
% 61.37 4.17 6.00 3.12 1.04 12.07 3.29 8.94
South W est FTE 274.08 20.25 21.19 8.29 6.30 43.35 6.20 44.98 424.64
% 64.54 4.77 4.99 1.95 1.48 10.21 1.46 10.59
South East FTE 398.86 25.12 31.59 10.89 4.60 43.88 10.18 23.51 548.63
% 72.70 4.58 5.76 1.98 0.84 8.00 1.85 4.29
London FTE 408.40 41.09 31.19 20.00 11.80 58.80 0.00 29.50 600.78
% 67.98 6.84 5.19 3.33 1.96 9.79 0.00 4.91
W ales FTE 221.90 20.10 17.00 9.00 2.80 31.30 0.00 14.10 316.20
% 70.18 6.36 5.38 2.85 0.89 9.90 0.00 4.46
T otal FTE 3433.24 281.78 269.16 134.08 62.50 467.28 74.14 412.96 5135.14
% 66.86 5.49 5.24 2.61 1.22 9.10 1.44 8.04

Table 9 – Staff in Post by Region & Work Area (Operational)


ACO & Equivalent

M anager - Section
or Function Head

Other Specialist
Administration
Officer/Director

Support Staff -

Support Staff
Deputy Chief

Area/District
M anager or
Equivalent

Worker
Other

Total

North W est FTE 10.50 36.35 15.00 83.91 502.52 132.84 35.47 816.59
% 1.29 4.45 1.84 10.28 61.54 16.27 4.34
North East FTE 3.00 15.80 9.00 20.60 237.46 0.00 28.61 314.47
% 0.95 5.02 2.86 6.55 75.51 0.00 9.10
Yorkshire & FTE 6.00 37.49 23.50 81.64 498.47 3.86 23.62 674.58
Hum berside
% 0.89 5.56 3.48 12.10 73.89 0.57 3.50
W est Midlands FTE 3.70 34.40 19.80 49.79 467.10 7.40 42.10 624.29
% 0.59 5.51 3.17 7.98 74.82 1.19 6.74
East Midlands FTE 3.00 29.10 1.00 30.50 328.31 13.34 25.30 430.55
% 0.70 6.76 0.23 7.08 76.25 3.10 5.88
East of England FTE 0.00 26.90 0.00 60.32 237.15 37.84 22.21 384.42
% 0.00 7.00 0.00 15.69 61.69 9.84 5.78
South W est FTE 2.00 20.01 31.85 33.95 256.00 37.43 43.40 424.64
% 0.47 4.71 7.50 8.00 60.29 8.81 10.22
South East FTE 15.70 12.40 19.00 66.00 340.22 65.14 30.17 548.63
% 2.86 2.26 3.46 12.03 62.01 11.87 5.50
London FTE 9.00 60.00 0.00 10.00 520.38 1.40 0.00 600.78
% 1.50 9.99 0.00 1.66 86.62 0.23 0.00
W ales FTE 3.00 18.00 28.30 19.80 202.70 28.60 15.80 316.20
% 0.95 5.69 8.95 6.26 64.10 9.04 5.00
T otal FTE 55.90 290.45 147.45 456.51 3590.30 327.85 266.68 5135.14
% 1.09 5.66 2.87 8.89 69.92 6.38 5.19

Tables 8 & 9: Percentages in blue are calculated as a proportion of the total staff in post
within each Region

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Chart 6 – Regional Breakdown of Staff in Post

North Ea st
6.53%
North W e st (6.75%) [6.12%]
16.05%
(16.30%) [15.9%] Yorkshire & Hum be rside
11.90%
(11.61%) [13.14%]
W e st Midla nds
11.23%
Ea st Midla nds
(11.04%) [12.16%]
8.97%
(9.28%) [8.38%]
W a le s
5.96% Ea st of Engla nd
(5.96%) [6.16%] 7.79%
(8.00%) [7.49%]

NPD
South W e st 0.89%
7.48%
(7.29%) [8.27%] London
South Ea st 11.96%
11.25% (12.20%) [11.7%]
(11.58%) [10.68%]

Chart 6: Figures in ( ) brackets denote the national proportion of Operational Staff


employed in each Region. Those in [ ] brackets and marked in red show the same
proportion figure for Support Staff

Change in Staff in Post by Area


Compared to Quarter 4 2004/2005, the number of Areas South Wales and Norfolk have recorded the largest year
that have achieved growth in staff in post has reduced on year increases, having grown by 14.10% and 13.25%
signifcantly. respectively. Other significant increases were recorded
in Cumbria (12.89%), Surrey (12.72%), and Durham
Of the 42 Areas in the National Probation Service, just (12.31%).
over half (52.38%) have recorded an increase in total
staff numbers since the previous quarter. This compares Of the 5 Areas that have recorded a drop in staff in post
to growth in 71.43% of Areas between Quarters 3 and 4 numbers relative to a year ago, the largest decreases
of 2004/2005. Overall, the NPS Areas have collectively are apparent in Gwent (down 3.78%), and London
grown by 85.89 FTE ( 0.43%) since last quarter. (down 3.42%). As mentioned in the previous edition of
this report, the drop in figures for London can in large
The largest individual increase was observed in part be explained by a change in the reporting of staff in
Teesside, where staff numbers have risen by 7.17% post figures that came in to affect in Quarter 4 04/05.
since last quarter (22.69 FTE). There were also
significant increase in Leicestershire, Norfolk, As mentioned earlier in this report, the drop in the
Hampshire, and Cumbria (Up by 4.15%, 3.91%, 3.88%, number of Areas achieving an increase in staff numbers
and 3.06% respectively). In contrast, aside from since last quarter continues to be consistent with the
Lincolnshire (down by 3.10%, 7.14 FTE), the majority of regular cyclical pattern of recruitment seen in the NPS.
Areas recording staff in post figures down on last The NPS is now coming into a lull period for the next two
quarter, had decreased by less than 3.00%. quarters in which recruitment will continue at low levels,
while natural wastage continues to reduce staffing
Despite the lower proportion of Areas showing an levels. This should result in the majority of Areas
increase in staff relative to the previous Quarter, year on recording slight falls in staffing numbers across the
year growth continues to be widespread. 88.10% of the coming period. The arrival of Quarter 3 2005/2006 will
42 Probation Areas finished Quarter 1 2005/2006 with see the Probation Officer recruitment cycle
more staff than they had at the close of the same quarter recommence, and the next period of strong growth
a year previously. Collectively, the NPS grew by 745.42 should occur.
FTE across the 12 month period. That is a year on year
increase of 3.90%

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Chart 7 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 1) Chart 8 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 2)

270 270

250
250
Cumbria
230 Dyfed Pow ys
230 Bedfordshire
Gloucestershire
Cambridgeshire
210 Lincolnshire
Dorset
Norfolk 210
Northamptonshire
190 North Yorkshire
Surrey
North Wales
190 Warw ickshire
170 Suffolk
Wiltshire
150 170

130 150
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 9 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 3) Chart 10 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 4)

480 680

440 640

Cheshire
400
Derbyshire Avon & Somerset

Durham Devon & Cornw all


360 480 Humberside
Gw ent
Hertfordshire Sussex
320 440 Thames Valley
Leicestershire
Staffordshire West Mercia
280 400
Teesside

240 360

200 320
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 11 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 5) Chart 12 – Staff in Post by Quarter (Family Group 6)

675 2600

625
2400

575 Greater Manchester


Essex
London
Hampshire
525 Merseyside
Kent 1200 Northumbria
Lancashire South Yorkshire
475
Nottinghamshir West Midlands
South Wales 1000
West Yorkshire
425

800
375

600
325
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

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Table 10 – Staff in Post by Area/Region

Last Quarter

Last Quarter
Operational

Operational

Operati onal

Operati onal
Change on

Change on
Change on

Change on
Support :

Support :
Support

Support
Ratio

Ratio
Total

Total
Staff

Staff

Year

Staff

Staff

Year
Cumbria 131.33 49.41 180.74 1 : 2.66 + 5.36 + 20.64 Staffordshire 308.60 106.90 415.50 1 : 2.89 - 6.80 + 15.10
Cheshire 259.20 99.80 359.00 1 : 2.60 + 3.40 + 20.70 W arwickshire 120.25 45.80 166.05 1 : 2.63 - 3.04 + 4.25
Greater Manchester 985.11 354.43 1339.54 1 : 2.78 + 13.35 + 75.74 W est Mercia 270.00 103.99 373.99 1 : 2.60 - 2.00 + 18.21
Lancashire 462.91 113.30 576.21 1 : 4.09 - 16.71 - 14.39 W est Midlands 924.70 367.60 1292.30 1 : 2.52 + 6.00 + 69.40
Merseyside 558.14 199.65 757.79 1 : 2.80 - 6.03 + 4.94 W e st Midla nds 1623.55 624.29 2247.84 1 : 2.60 - 5.84 + 106.96
North W e st 2396.69 816.59 3213.28 1 : 2.93 - 0.63 + 107.63 Bedfordshire 150.54 38.47 1 : 3.91
189.01 - 4.08 + 0.81
Durham 233.43 62.60 296.03 1 : 3.73 - 6.18 + 32.45 Cambridgeshire 166.42 58.50 224.92 1 : 2.84 + 2.49 + 5.00
Northumbria 493.40 178.37 671.77 1 : 2.77 - 4.80 + 18.15 Essex 327.05 125.60 452.65 1 : 2.60 + 3.45 + 37.95
Teesside 265.80 73.50 339.30 1 : 3.62 + 22.69 + 34.60 Hertfordshire 151.50 60.80 212.30 1 : 2.49 - 4.90 - 0.39

North Ea st 992.63 314.47 1307.10 1 : 3.16 Norfolk 207.43 60.99 268.42 1 : 3.40 + 10.10 + 31.41
+ 11.71 + 85.20
Suffolk 173.14 40.06 213.20 1 : 4.32 + 3.78 + 17.42
Humberside 342.60 103.91 446.51 1 : 3.30 + 6.34 + 25.08
North Yorkshire 172.90 63.20 1 : 2.74 Ea st of Engla nd 1176.08 384.42 1560.50 1 : 3.06 + 10.84 + 92.20
236.10 - 4.00 + 6.10
South Yorkshire 464.90 190.20 655.10 1 : 2.44 - 1.00 + 24.40 Avon & Somerset 382.70 129.35 512.05 1 : 2.96 + 2.20 + 31.24
W est Yorkshire 726.73 317.27 1044.00 1 : 2.29 + 15.57 + 35.23 Devon & Cornwall 327.70 126.70 454.40 1 : 2.59 - 6.20 + 13.49
Yorkshire & Dorset 146.66 63.83 210.49 1 : 2.30 - 6.21 + 9.03
Hum be rside
1707.13 674.58 2381.71 1 : 2.53 + 16.91 + 90.81

Derbyshire 255.80 105.70 1 : 2.42


Gloucestershire 116.56 60.26 176.82 1 : 1.93 + 2.84 + 8.84
361.50 + 5.40 + 14.90
W iltshire 98.60 44.50 143.10 1 : 2.22 - 3.50 + 1.70
Leicestershire 356.40 103.00 459.40 1 : 3.46 + 18.30 + 17.45
South W e st 1072.22 424.64 1496.86 1 : 2.53 - 10.87 + 64.30
Lincolnshire 163.89 59.63 223.52 1 : 2.75 - 7.14 - 3.98
Northamptonshire 189.84 29.82 219.66 1 : 6.37 - 1.05 + 1.36 Hampshire 401.70 151.30 553.00 1 : 2.65 + 20.63 + 47.20
Nottinghamshire 398.88 132.40 531.28 1 : 3.01 + 14.77 + 46.74 Kent 362.30 96.35 458.65 1 : 3.76 - 7.58 + 6.01

Ea st Midla nds 1364.81 430.55 1795.36 1 : 3.17 Surrey 196.60 63.20 259.80 1 : 3.11 + 7.15 + 29.32
+ 30.28 + 76.47
Sussex 290.76 79.28 370.04 1 : 3.67 - 1.30 + 20.55
Dyfed Powys 104.21 46.20 150.41 1 : 2.26 + 2.64 + 12.91
Thames Valley 451.65 158.50 610.15 1 : 2.85 - 10.75 + 12.90
Gwent 151.60 69.70 221.30 1 : 2.18 - 4.80 - 8.70
North W ales 189.30 56.30 245.60 1 : 3.36 + 3.90 + 15.30 South Ea st 1703.01 548.63 2251.64 1 : 3.10 + 8.15 + 115.98

South W ales 431.20 144.00 575.20 1 : 2.99 + 6.42 + 71.10 London 1793.68 600.78 2394.46 1 : 2.99 + 17.19 - 84.74
W a le s 876.31 316.20 1192.51 1 : 2.77 + 8.16 + 90.61
NPD 137.10 - 194.30 - 195.40

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Chart 13 – Ranked % Change in Staff Numbers by Chart 14 – Ranked % Change in Staff Numbers by
Probation Area (Quarter 1 only) Region (Quarter 1 only)

Teesside 7.17% East Midlands 1.72%

Leicestershire 4.15%
North East 0.90%

Norfolk 3.91%

London 0.72%
Hampshire 3.88%

Yorkshire & Humberside 0.72%


Cumbria 3.06%

Nottinghamshire 2.86% East of England 0.70%

Surrey 2.83%
Wales 0.69%

Suffolk 1.80%
South East 0.36%

Dyfed Powys 1.79%

North West -0.02%


Gloucestershire 1.63%

North Wales 1.61% West Midlands -0.26%

Derbyshire 1.52%
South West -0.72%

West Yorkshire 1.51%


NPD -58.63%

Humberside 1.44%
NPS 0.43%
South Wales 1.13%

Cambridgeshire 1.12%

Greater Manchester 1.01%

Cheshire 0.96%

Essex 0.77%

London 0.72%

West Midlands 0.47%

Avon & Somerset 0.43%

South Yorkshire -0.15%

Sussex -0.35%

Northamptonshire -0.48%

West Mercia -0.53%

Northumbria -0.71%

Merseyside -0.79%

Devon & Cornwall -1.35%

Staffordshire -1.61%

Kent -1.63%

North Yorkshire -1.67%

Thames Valley -1.73%

Warwickshire -1.80%

Durham -2.04%

Bedfordshire -2.11%

Gwent -2.12%

Hertfordshire -2.26%

Wiltshire -2.39%

Lancashire -2.82%

Dorset -2.87%

Lincolnshire -3.10%

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Active Vacancy Levels*
Nationally, there were 1179.72 vacancies which were actively recruited to in the NPS. This is an increase of
actively being recruited to in the NPS at the close of 445.23 FTE vacancies since the previous quarter (an
Quarter 1 2005/2006. This puts active vacancies at extra 76.92 active vacancies since last quarter when
5.60% of the total staff population. This is a massive London’s figures are excluded)
increase of 625.97 FTE vacancies since the previous
Because of the influence of London’s new figures, there
quarter.
have been across the board increases in active
The reason for the increase is that this is the first quarter vacancies in all operational job groups (except for the
in which London has been able to provide active ‘Other Operational’ group). However, the lion’s share of
vacancy figures. London’s inclusion accounts for 490.77 the increase can be traced to the PSO (an extra 278.97
of the new vacancies. In reality then, excluding the new FTE vacancies), and TPO (an extra 95.22 FTE
London figures, there was a much less dramatic vacancies) job groups.
increase of 135.20 active vacancies on last quarter.
Despite this, the job group with the highest proportion of
We are informed that the high level of recruitment active vacancies is ‘Psychologist, with vacancies
activity in London is the result of a planned 10% equating to 8.90% of the total staff in the job group.
(approximately 350 posts) increase in staff for this year,
Of those vacancies that could be broken down to
in addition to recruitment required to back fill posts left
particular work areas, the largest section of active
vacant by staff leaving the orgainsation. Subtracting the
vacancies is in Community Supervision, at 11.42% of
activity relating to the 10% increase would suggest that
total operational vacancies. This is slightly down from
normal recruitment to replace leavers stands at
11.76% last quarter. Programmes and Community
approximately 8.19%, which is comparable with levels
Punishment follow closely behind, accounting for
experienced in other Regions nationally.
10.49%% and 9.74% of total operational vacancies
respectively.
Operational Vacancies
At the end of Quarter 1 2005/2006 there were 830.92
FTE (5.37%) operational vacancies that were being

Table 11a – Active Vacancies by Job Group & Work Area (Operational)

Programmes
Resettlement
Community

Community
Punishment

Supervision
Breakdown

Approved
Premises
Total (No

Possible)

DTTOs
Prison

Court
Team

Senior Probation Officer FTE 2.50 4.92 4.80 0.00 4.50 0.00 2.10 9.52 2.00
% 3.93 7.73 7.54 0.00 7.07 0.00 3.30 14.95 3.14
Senior Practitioner FTE 3.00 4.00 4.00 0.00 0.00 4.00 1.00 3.00 0.00
% 13.64 18.18 18.18 0.00 0.00 18.18 4.55 13.64 0.00
Probation Officer FTE 22.60 2.10 45.80 5.70 12.23 5.50 0.70 14.70 6.40
% 13.66 1.27 27.69 3.45 7.39 3.33 0.42 8.89 3.87
Trainee Probation Officer FTE 94.22 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
% 93.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Probation Services FTE 32.80 69.94 37.96 3.40 13.50 12.30 15.40 59.96 12.69
Officer
% 7.15 15.24 8.27 0.74 2.94 2.68 3.36 13.07 2.77
Psychologist FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Other Operational Staff FTE 0.00 0.00 2.30 1.00 3.10 0.00 8.33 0.00 0.00
% 0.00 0.00 12.77 5.55 17.21 0.00 46.25 0.00 0.00
T otal FT E 155.12 80.96 94.86 10.10 33.33 21.80 27.53 87.18 21.09
% 18.67 9.74 11.42 1.22 4.01 2.62 3.31 10.49 2.54

Tables 11a & 11b: Figures in blue show the vacancies within each work area as a percentage of the total
vacancies in the job group. Figures marked in red show the total vacancies for each job group as a
percentage of the total staff in that job group. Italicised figures in the ‘Total’ column indicate the change in
vacant posts on last quarter.

* There continues to be a small number of Areas in which the number of active vacancies reported is
greater than the establishment/staff in post figures should allow. Generally, this is as a result of either posts
being recruited to ahead of their formal inclusion in the Area establishment, or where the Area
establishment is in the process of being adjusted/reviewed. Please also note that Greater Manchester is
currently unable to provide data on active vacancies.
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Table 11b – Active Vacancies by Job Group & Work Area (Operational)

Vacancies as
Secondment

Secondees

a % of Job
Fieldwork
to YOTS

Services
Training

Specify)
Liaison

Central

(Please
Victim

Group
Other

Other

Total
Senior Probation Officer FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 28.83 3.50 63.67 5.42
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.57 45.28 5.50 + 38.49
Senior Practitioner FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 1.00 22.00 5.75
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.55 0.00 4.55 4.55 + 7.30
Probation Officer FTE 3.50 5.20 0.00 3.88 -0.20 27.48 9.80 165.39 3.19
% 2.12 3.14 0.00 2.35 -0.12 16.62 5.93 + 35.69
Trainee Probation Officer FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 7.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 101.22 5.71
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 + 95.22
Probation Services FTE 10.08 5.00 4.20 0.00 -0.50 147.23 34.89 458.85 7.18
Officer
% 2.20 1.09 0.92 0.00 -0.11 32.09 7.60 + 278.97
Psychologist FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.78 1.00 1.78 8.90
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 43.82 56.18 + 0.78
Other Operational Staff FTE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.78 2.00 18.01 3.27
% 2.78 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.33 11.10 - 11.22
T otal FT E 14.08 10.20 4.20 11.88 0.30 206.10 52.19 830.92 5.37
% 1.69 1.23 0.51 1.43 0.04 24.80 6.28 + 445.23

Table 12a – Active Vacancies by Region & Work Area (Operational)

Programmes
Resettlement
Community

Community
Punishment

Supervision
Breakdown

Approved
Premises
Total (No

Possible)

DTTOs
Prison

Court
Team

North W est FTE 6.40 3.40 5.00 0.00 1.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
% 20.78 11.04 16.23 0.00 3.25 6.49 0.00 0.00 0.00
North East FTE 0.00 -3.60 29.30 2.20 5.50 4.00 1.80 2.80 0.00
% 0.00 -7.58 61.68 4.63 11.58 8.42 3.79 5.89 0.00
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 34.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
% 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
W est Midlands FTE 0.00 2.20 -4.46 1.00 1.20 1.10 -0.80 3.80 0.00
% 0.00 40.74 -82.59 18.52 22.22 20.37 -14.81 70.37 0.00
East Midlands FTE 1.40 1.80 9.60 3.50 7.60 1.00 3.50 5.00 4.00
% 2.20 2.83 15.09 5.50 11.95 1.57 5.50 7.86 6.29
East of England FTE 17.60 7.00 10.50 2.00 2.60 1.20 7.20 5.60 0.00
% 30.24 12.03 18.04 3.44 4.47 2.06 12.37 9.62 0.00
South W est FTE 0.00 9.50 12.60 0.00 5.00 1.50 8.33 8.76 4.00
% 0.00 11.38 15.09 0.00 5.99 1.80 9.98 10.49 4.79
South East FTE 0.00 1.00 15.32 0.40 6.90 10.00 6.50 21.70 7.60
% 0.00 0.99 15.09 0.39 6.80 9.85 6.40 21.38 7.49
London FTE 90.22 52.56 0.00 0.00 3.53 0.00 0.00 34.52 5.49
% 24.50 14.27 0.00 0.00 0.96 0.00 0.00 9.37 1.49
W ales FTE 5.00 7.10 17.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 1.00 5.00 0.00
% 13.30 18.88 45.21 2.66 0.00 2.66 2.66 13.30 0.00
T otal FT E 155.12 80.96 94.86 10.10 33.33 21.80 27.53 87.18 21.09
% 18.67 9.74 11.42 1.22 4.01 2.62 3.31 10.49 2.54

Tables 12a & 12b: Figures in blue show the vacancies within each work area as a percentage of the total
vacancies in the Region. Italicised figures in the ‘Total’ column indicate the change in vacant posts on last
quarter.

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Table 12b – Active Vacancies by Region & Work Area (Operational)

Secondment

Secondees

Fieldwork
to YOTS

Services
Training

Specify)
Liaison

Central

(Please
Victim

Other

Other

Total
North W est FTE 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 11.00 1.00 30.80
% 0.00 0.00 3.25 0.00 0.00 35.71 3.25 + 13.25
North East FTE 2.50 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 47.50
% 5.26 2.11 0.00 2.11 0.00 0.00 2.11 + 37.66
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 34.50
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 - 3.18
W est Midlands FTE 0.00 0.20 2.20 0.00 -0.20 -0.84 0.00 5.40
% 0.00 3.70 40.74 0.00 -3.70 -15.56 0.00 - 8.84
East Midlands FTE 3.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 2.60 19.10 63.60
% 4.72 1.57 0.00 0.00 0.79 4.09 30.03 + 19.30
East of England FTE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 2.50 58.20
% 0.86 0.00 0.00 0.86 0.00 1.72 4.30 - 3.50
South W est FTE 1.00 3.00 1.00 3.60 0.00 5.00 20.20 83.49
% 1.20 3.59 1.20 4.31 0.00 5.99 24.19 + 6.41
South East FTE 0.80 5.00 0.00 5.50 0.00 17.90 2.90 101.52
% 0.79 4.93 0.00 5.42 0.00 17.63 2.86 + 10.82
London FTE 6.28 0.00 0.00 0.78 0.00 169.44 5.49 368.31
% 1.71 0.00 0.00 0.21 0.00 46.00 1.49 + 368.31
W ales FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 37.60
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 + 5.00
T otal FT E 14.08 10.20 4.20 11.88 0.30 206.10 52.19 830.92
% 1.69 1.23 0.51 1.43 0.04 24.80 6.28 + 445.23

Table 13 – Active Vacancies by Region & Job Group (Operational)

% of Total Staff
Vacancies as a
Psychologist

Operational
Practitioner
Probation

Probation

Probation

Probation
Services
Trainee
Officer

Officer

Officer

Officer
Senior

Senior

Other

Total
Staff

North W est FTE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 29.80 0.00 0.00 30.80 1.27
% 3.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 96.75 0.00 0.00 + 13.25
North East FTE 6.20 0.00 38.20 0.00 3.10 0.00 0.00 47.50 4.54
% 13.05 0.00 80.42 0.00 6.53 0.00 0.00 + 37.66
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 2.50 3.00 10.00 0.00 19.00 0.00 0.00 34.50 2.04
% 7.25 8.70 28.99 0.00 55.07 0.00 0.00 - 3.18
W est Midlands FTE 1.16 1.00 -5.50 0.00 8.74 0.00 0.00 5.40 0.33
% 21.48 18.52 -101.85 0.00 161.85 0.00 0.00 - 8.84
East Midlands FTE 5.00 0.00 16.00 0.00 35.00 1.00 6.60 63.60 4.51
% 7.86 0.00 25.16 0.00 55.03 1.57 10.38 + 19.30
East of England FTE 1.50 4.50 14.20 4.00 27.90 0.00 6.10 58.20 4.53
% 2.58 7.73 24.40 6.87 47.94 0.00 10.48 - 3.50
South W est FTE 4.20 7.00 36.50 2.00 31.56 0.00 2.23 83.49 7.12
% 5.03 8.38 43.72 2.40 37.80 0.00 2.67 + 6.41
South East FTE 7.60 4.00 38.40 5.00 44.22 0.00 2.30 101.52 5.52
% 7.49 3.94 37.83 4.93 43.56 0.00 2.27 + 10.82
London FTE 34.51 0.00 10.59 90.22 231.43 0.78 0.78 368.31 18.19
% 9.37 0.00 2.88 24.50 62.84 0.21 0.21 + 368.31
W ales FTE 0.00 2.50 7.00 0.00 28.10 0.00 0.00 37.60 3.95
% 0.00 6.65 18.62 0.00 74.73 0.00 0.00 + 5.00
T otal FT E 63.67 22.00 165.39 101.22 458.85 1.78 18.01 830.92 5.37
% 7.66 2.65 19.90 12.18 55.22 0.21 2.17 + 445.23

Table 13: Figures in blue show the vacancies within each work area as a percentage of the total
vacancies in the job group. Figures marked in red show the total vacancies for each job group as a
percentage of the total staff in that job group. Italicised figures in the ‘Total’ column indicate the
change in vacant posts on last quarter.

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The inclusion of London in the vacancy figures now The ‘Deputy Chief Officer’ job group is now carrying
means that they are the Region with the highest the lowest proportion of vacancies, with just one
proportion of active operational vacancies, accounting active vacancy at the close of the first quarter of this
for 18.19%. This figure is much higher than for any other financial year. That equates to 1.69% of the total posts
Region in the NPS, with next highest vacancy available.
percentage in the South West Region (top of the
The vast majority of active support vacancies continue to
rankings for the previous 2 quarters) at 7.12% of total
occur in the ‘Operational Services’ work area, which
posts. In contrast, active vacancies account for just
accounts for 70.09% of all the vacancies in the
1.27% of total posts available in the North West Region.
support category. This is a significant increase on the
same percentage last quarter (56.68%), and reverses
Support Vacancies consecutive decreases seen over the last two quarters.
At the end of Quarter 1 2005/2006 there were 348.80 This continues to be approximately in proportion with the
active support vacancies in the NPS, equating to 6.23% overall percentage of staff covered by this work group
of the total support workforce (excluding the NPD). As (66.86% of Support Staff).
with the operational vacancies, this represents a very As is the case with the operational vacancies, London
large increase of 180.74 FTE vacancies on the previous has immediately taken the position as the Region with
quarter. This again stems from the introduction of the highest proportion of active support vacancies.
vacancy figures for London which have not been Active vacancies account for 17.05% of the total posts
reported previously. in the support category in London. As mentioned
The ‘Support Staff Other’ job group was reported as previously, the inflated number of vacancies in London is
having the greatest percentage of active vacancies at the result of the recruitment effort to achieve a 10%
7.40% of total staff in post. The ‘Support Staff increase in staff numbers, in addition to ongoing ‘recruit
Administration’ job group follows close behind at 7.32% to replace’ activity
active vacancies. The South East Region has the next highest proportion
It is the Administration job group that accounts for the of active support vacancies at 9.10% of total available
majority of the increase in vacancies, with the figure posts.
climbing by 158.74 FTE since last Quarter. Of these,
103 are contributed by the London return.

Table 14 – Active Vacancies by Job Group & Work Area (Support)


Information and IT

Vacancies as a %
Communications

of Job Group
Partnerships
Development
Operational
Breakdown

and Public
Resources

Training &

Research,
Relations
Total (No

Possible)

Services

Finance

Human

Other

Total

Deputy Chief FTE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 1.69
Officer/Director
% 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 - 1.00
ACO and Equivalent FTE 0.00 1.20 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 4.90 8.10 2.79
% 0.00 14.81 0.00 12.35 0.00 0.00 12.35 0.00 60.49 + 3.10
Area/District Manager or FTE 0.00 3.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 4.10 2.64
Equivalent
% 0.00 75.61 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 24.39 - 2.90
Manager - Section or FTE 0.00 3.56 1.00 1.50 0.30 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.00 9.36 2.01
Function Head
% 0.00 38.03 10.68 16.03 3.21 16.03 16.03 0.00 0.00 + 5.26
Support Staff FTE 21.10 231.60 5.60 5.50 3.20 1.50 3.00 0.00 19.20 290.70 7.32
Adm inistration
% 7.26 79.67 1.93 1.89 1.10 0.52 1.03 0.00 6.60 + 158.74
Support Staff Other FTE 0.00 5.00 0.00 9.36 2.00 0.00 8.72 0.20 2.26 27.54 7.40
% 0.00 18.16 0.00 33.99 7.26 0.00 31.66 0.73 8.21 + 14.54
Other Specialist W orker FTE 0.00 0.00 2.50 1.00 1.00 0.00 3.50 0.00 0.00 8.00 2.81
% 0.00 0.00 31.25 12.50 12.50 0.00 43.75 0.00 0.00 + 3.00
T otal FT E 22.10 244.46 9.10 18.36 6.50 3.00 17.72 0.20 27.36 348.80 6.23
% 6.34 70.09 2.61 5.26 1.86 0.86 5.08 0.06 7.84 + 180.74

Table 14: Figures in blue show the vacancies within each work area as a percentage of the total vacancies in the job
group. Figures marked in red show the total vacancies for each job group as a percentage of the total staff in that job
group. Italicised figures in the ‘Total’ column indicate the change in vacant posts on last quarter.

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Table 15 – Active Vacancies by Region & Work Area (Support)

Information and IT
Communications

Partnerships
Development
Operational
Breakdown

and Public
Resources

Training &

Research,
Relations
Total (No

Possible)

Services

Finance

Human

Other

Total
North W est FTE 4.10 3.60 0.00 1.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 13.50 24.20
% 16.94 14.88 0.00 4.13 8.26 0.00 0.00 0.00 55.79 + 7.10
North East FTE 0.00 -0.30 1.40 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.10
% 0.00 -9.68 45.16 32.26 32.26 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 - 0.90
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 16.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 16.00
% 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 + 1.50
W est Midlands FTE 0.00 17.70 4.00 2.50 0.80 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 26.50
% 0.00 66.79 15.09 9.43 3.02 5.66 0.00 0.00 0.00 + 9.29
East Midlands FTE 0.00 9.40 0.60 0.00 1.00 0.00 1.50 0.00 3.70 16.20
% 0.00 58.02 3.70 0.00 6.17 0.00 9.26 0.00 22.84 + 7.70
East of England FTE 2.00 18.80 0.50 1.00 0.00 1.50 1.50 0.20 1.00 26.50
% 7.55 70.94 1.89 3.77 0.00 5.66 5.66 0.75 3.77 + 7.53
South W est FTE 0.00 30.70 0.00 0.90 1.70 0.00 2.00 0.00 0.70 36.00
% 0.00 85.28 0.00 2.50 4.72 0.00 5.56 0.00 1.94 + 2.30
South East FTE 0.00 41.04 2.60 0.60 0.00 0.00 7.60 0.00 3.00 54.84
% 0.00 74.84 4.74 1.09 0.00 0.00 13.86 0.00 5.47 + 15.06
London FTE 0.00 104.52 0.00 9.36 0.00 0.00 3.12 0.00 5.46 122.46
% 0.00 85.35 0.00 7.64 0.00 0.00 2.55 0.00 4.46 + 122.46
W ales FTE 0.00 19.00 0.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 23.00
% 0.00 82.61 0.00 8.70 0.00 0.00 8.70 0.00 0.00 + 8.70
T otal FT E 22.10 244.46 9.10 18.36 6.50 3.00 17.72 0.20 27.36 348.80
% 6.34 70.09 2.61 5.26 1.86 0.86 5.08 0.06 7.84 + 180.74

Table 16 – Active Vacancies by Region & Job Group (Support)


M anager - Section

Vacancies as a %
or Function Head

Other Specialist
Administration
Officer/Director

Support Staff -

Support Staff
Deputy Chief

of Total Staff
Area/District
Manager or
Equivalent

Equivalent
ACO and

Worker
Other

Total

North W est FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 23.20 1.00 0.00 24.20 2.76
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 95.87 4.13 0.00 + 7.10
North East FTE 0.00 1.20 -3.00 1.40 2.50 0.00 1.00 3.10 0.96
% 0.00 38.71 -96.77 45.16 80.65 0.00 32.26 - 0.90
Yorkshire & Hum berside FTE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 15.00 0.00 0.00 16.00 2.27
% 6.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 93.75 0.00 0.00 + 1.50
W est Midlands FTE 0.00 0.00 2.00 0.30 24.20 0.00 0.00 26.50 4.07
% 0.00 0.00 7.55 1.13 91.32 0.00 0.00 + 9.29
East Midlands FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.10 13.10 1.00 1.00 16.20 3.41
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.79 80.86 6.17 6.17 + 7.70
East of England FTE 0.00 1.00 0.00 2.50 20.80 0.20 2.00 26.50 6.10
% 0.00 3.77 0.00 9.43 78.49 0.75 7.55 + 7.53
South W est FTE 0.00 0.00 3.10 0.50 29.70 1.70 1.00 36.00 7.60
% 0.00 0.00 8.61 1.39 82.50 4.72 2.78 + 2.30
South East FTE 0.00 2.00 2.00 1.00 40.24 7.60 2.00 54.84 9.10
% 0.00 3.65 3.65 1.82 73.38 13.86 3.65 + 15.06
London FTE 0.00 3.90 0.00 1.56 102.96 14.04 0.00 122.46 17.05
% 0.00 3.18 0.00 1.27 84.08 11.46 0.00 + 122.46
W ales FTE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00 19.00 2.00 1.00 23.00 6.76
% 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.35 82.61 8.70 4.35 + 8.70
T otal FT E 1.00 8.10 4.10 9.36 290.70 27.54 8.00 348.80 6.23
% 0.29 2.32 1.18 2.68 83.34 7.90 2.29 + 180.74

Tables 15 & 16: Figures in blue show the vacancies within each work area as a percentage of the
total Vacancies in the Region. Figures marked in red show the total vacancies for each Region as a
percentage of the Total Staff in that Region. Italicised figures in the ‘Total’ column indicate the
change in vacant posts on last quarter.

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Chart 15 – Regional Active Vacancy Levels

North Ea st
3.69%
(4.54%) [0.96%]
North W e st 6.30%
1.66%
(1.27%) [2.76%] Yorkshire & Hum be rside
4.50% 2.11%
(2.04%) [2.27%]
W e st Midla nds
4.70%
1.39%
(0.33%) [4.07%] Ea st Midla nds
4.90% 4.24%
(4.51%) [3.41%]
W a le s
4.20%
4.69%
(3.95%) [6.76%] Ea st of Engla nd
4.40% 4.93%
(4.53%) [6.10%]
South W e st 3.60%
7.26%
(7.12%) [7.60%] London
3.20% South Ea st 17.89%
6.41% (18.19%) [17.05%]
(5.52%) [9.10%] 7.00%
3.60%

Chart 15: Figures in ( ) brackets show the active vacancy percentage for operational
staff within the Region. Those in red and [ ] brackets are the same figures for support
staff. All percentages are as a proportion of total staff numbers within the region.
Figures in blue indicate the regional unemployment rate for comparison.

Chart 16 – Ranked % Change in Vacancy Levels by


Job Group (Operational)

Other Operational Staff -38.39%

Probation Officer 27.52%

Senior Practitioner 49.66%

Psychologist 78.00%

Senior Probation Officer 152.86%

Probation Services Officer 155.09%

Trainee Probation Officer 1587.00%

Operational Group 115.44%

Chart 17 – Ranked % Change in Vacancy Levels by


Job Group (Support)

DCO/Director -50.00%

Area/District Manager -41.43%

Other Specialist 60.00%

ACO and Equivalent 62.00%

Support Staff Other 111.85%

Support Admin 120.29%

Section/Function Heads 128.29%

Operational Group 107.54%

Chart 16 & 17: Please note that where there are large percentage increases, these
reflect calculations based on small numbers. For example, an increase from 1 vacancy
to 2 vacancies between quarters equates to a 100% increase in percentage terms.

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Chart 18 – Ranked % Change in Vacancy Levels by Probation
Area (Operational Posts)

West Mercia -283.67%

Staffordshire -100.00%

Kent -82.07%

Gwent -56.14%

Norfolk -50.00%

Essex -46.43%

Warwickshire -40.00%

Cambridgeshire -34.81%

Cumbria -32.77%

Dyfed Powys -32.08%

Devon & Cornwall -22.39%

Sussex -22.29%

Wiltshire -13.16%

West Yorkshire -8.44%

Avon & Somerset -3.73%

Humberside 0.00%

Greater Manchester 0.00%

Merseyside 0.00%

North Yorkshire 0.00%

Northumbria 0.00%

Nottinghamshire 0.00%

South Yorkshire 0.00%

London 0.00%

West Midlands 0.00%

Cheshire 0.00%

Derbyshire 8.06%

Lincolnshire 14.29%

Hertfordshire 15.53%

Lancashire 20.69%

Bedfordshire 24.39%

North Wales 28.21%

Thames Valley 29.56%

Leicestershire 42.20%

Suffolk 42.35%

Surrey 56.80%

Gloucestershire 71.60%

Hampshire 72.73%

South Wales 100.00%

Dorset 111.86%

Northamptonshire 244.44%

Teesside 296.15%

Durham 713.73%

Chart 18: Please note that where there are large percentage increases, these reflect
calculations based on small numbers. For example, an increase from 1 vacancy to 2
vacancies between quarters equates to a 100% increase in percentage terms.

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Chart 19 – Ranked % Change in Vacancy Levels by Probation
Area (Support Posts)

Teesside -105.00%

Gloucestershire -100.00%

Suffolk -100.00%

Norfolk -80.95%

Derbyshire -30.00%

Devon & Cornwall -29.07%

Thames Valley -24.07%

Dyfed Powys 0.00%

London 0.00%

Hertfordshire 0.00%

Humberside 0.00%

Greater Manchester 0.00%

Merseyside 0.00%

Bedfordshire 0.00%

North Yorkshire 0.00%

Northumbria 0.00%

Nottinghamshire 0.00%

South Yorkshire 0.00%

West Midlands 0.00%

Wiltshire 0.00%

West Yorkshire 10.34%

Avon & Somerset 12.57%

West Mercia 17.51%

Surrey 26.67%

Lancashire 31.82%

Sussex 36.00%

Essex 37.50%

South Wales 43.48%

Cheshire 46.43%

Durham 60.00%

Leicestershire 71.43%

Staffordshire 73.61%

North Wales 92.31%

Hampshire 100.00%

Kent 111.92%

Dorset 138.24%

Warwickshire 166.67%

Northamptonshire 173.33%

Cumbria 200.00%

Gwent 500.00%

Lincolnshire 700.00%

Cambridgeshire 4900.00%

Chart 19: Please note that where there are large percentage increases, these reflect
calculations based on small numbers. For example, an increase from 1 vacancy to 2
vacancies between quarters equates to a 100% increase in percentage terms.

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Starters and Leavers
At Area level attrition rates include all leavers, However, the attrition rate for the 12 month period to the
irrespective of whether or not they have transferred end of Quarter 1 stands at 9.21%, which is an
within the NPS, as they represent attrition from that improvement on the 10.24% recorded for the same
Area. At a national level however, attrition rate period a year previously (Quarter 1 03/04 to Quarter 1
calculations do not include those who have transferred 04/05). This equates to 1799.81 FTE leavers across the
within the service, as they do not represent attrition from 12 month period.
the NPS as a whole. This also applies to the figures on
During the quarter there were 542.53 FTE starters
starters, where national figures reflect only those who
(including the NPD) who joined the organisation as
are new to or re-entering the service.
either completely new or returning staff. The ratio of
In Quarter 1 2005/2006 the attrition rate for the service starters to leavers for Quarter 1 2005/2006 is therefore
as a whole (including NPD) was 2.27% (454.78 FTE 1:0.84.
leavers during the quarter). This is an increase on the
attrition rate at the end of last quarter (2.02%), and
follows a series of quarterly decreases.

Table 17 – Starters & Leavers by Job Group (Operational)

Attrition Rate (%)


Starters:Leavers

Change on Last
Starters (FTE)

Leavers (FTE)
% Transfers

% Transfers
Number of
Number of

Ratio of

Quarter
Senior Probation Officer 12.20 51.64 18.10 17.13 1 : 1.48 1.54 + 0.17
Senior Practitioner 6.00 66.67 11.70 12.82 1 : 1.95 3.21 + 2.53
Probation Officer 41.60 56.97 121.18 17.58 1 : 2.91 2.43 + 0.76
Trainee Probation Officer 1.00 0.00 14.00 7.14 1 : 14.00 0.80 + 0.29
Probation Services Officer 253.12 6.41 134.70 7.42 1 : 0.53 2.28 + 0.42
Psychologist 0.00 0.00 0.60 0.00 - 3.30 + 3.30
Other Operational Staff 22.53 0.00 24.41 0.00 1 : 1.08 4.51 + 1.12

T otal: 336.45 14.93 324.69 11.36 1 : 0.97 2.20 + 0.58

Table 18 – Starters & Leavers by Job Group (Support)


Attrition Rate (%)
Starters:Leavers

Change on Last
Starters (FTE)

Leavers (FTE)
% Transfers

% Transfers
Number of
Number of

Ratio of

Quarter

Deputy Chief Officer/Director 4.00 50.00 1.27 0.00 1 : 0.32 2.59 - 25.98
ACO & Equivalent 1.50 66.67 7.00 42.86 1 : 4.67 2.41 + 2.41
Area/District Manager or Equivalent 1.00 0.00 1.00 100.00 1 : 1.00 0.72 - 3.90
Manager - Section or Function Head 9.00 0.00 7.30 0.00 1 : 0.81 1.65 - 4.59
Support Staff - Adm inistration 189.41 6.44 109.30 0.00 1 : 0.58 3.08 - 2.85
Support Staff Other 18.10 0.00 15.32 0.00 1 : 0.85 4.53 - 3.55
Other Specialist W orker 13.50 0.00 12.30 8.13 1 : 0.91 4.73 + 0.08
Support Staff T otal 236.51 6.43 153.49 3.26 1 : 0.65 3.01 - 2.85

Table 17 & 18: All starters and leavers totals include those staff transferring within the
NPS. Figures marked in red indicate where the ratio of starters to leavers shows a net
loss in staff, or where the attrition rate is higher than the national average for the job
category. Figures in green indicate the opposite.

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By Job Group
Amongst Probation Officer grades (including Senior In the same 12 month period there were a total of
Probation Officers and Senior Practitioners) the attrition 247.55 FTE starters in the Probation Officer grades, of
rate in Quarter 1 2005/2006 was 1.92%, equating to whom 114.75 FTE (a minority of 46.35%) were new to
125.08 FTE leavers. This is an increase of 0.36% on the the service, or were returning following a break in
previous quarter (1.56%). service. This means that the ratio of starters to leavers
for the previous 12 month period was 1 starter for every
The actual total number of leavers from the Probation 4.15 leavers.
Officer grades during Quarter 1 was 150.98 FTE.
However, of these 25.9 FTE (17.15%) were transfers However, this does not include internal transfers as
between Areas, and were retained within the Service. discussed above. When included, the total number of
leavers for the 12 month period is 231.11 FTE, versus
During Quarter 1 2005/2006 there were a total of 59.80 819.94 total starters. This provides a growth ratio of 1
FTE starters across the Probation Officer grades. The starter for every 0.29 leavers, which is consistent with
majority of these starters were transfers within the the growth in staff in post seen across the 12 month
service, with only 25.80 FTE (43.14%) being new to the period.
service or returning following a break in service.
Analysis of the rolling annual attrition rates by grade
Based on raw figures for starters and leavers (excluding (shown in Charts 20 and 21) show that the picture
transfers between Areas) there continues to be a net remains relatively steady in the main operational grades,
loss of staff from the Probation Officer grades. The and that there continues to be a slight downward trend in
current ratio of starters to leavers stands at 1 starter for the majority of support grades.
every 4.85 leavers.
The exception to the rule in the support category
However, the ratios based on the raw starters and continues to be the ‘DCO/Directors’ job group, which has
leavers figures do not take account of the transfers risen for the second quarter in a row. However, the
within an Area. Such transfers cover promotions increase is significantly less than that observed in the
amongst Probation Officer Grades, and the graduation previous quarter, and may be linked to increased
of Trainees to Probation Officer post. recruitment activity within the job group (evidenced by
When these transfers are taken into account, the total recent increase in staff numbers).
numbed of leavers from the Probation Officer grades The attrition rate in the ‘Psychologist’ job group has
during the quarter was 183.48, against a total of 55.70 continued to decline following rapid rises in previous
starters (a ratio of 1 starter for every 3.29 leavers). This quarters. The continuing volatility of this job group owes
is consistent with the fall in staff numbers across the mostly to the small numbers covered.
Probation Officer grades, and is what we might expect to
see at this stage of the annual recruitment cycle. By Area
The attrition rate for the 12 month period ending 30 June The weak growth in staff in post figures during Quarter 1
2005 for Probation Officer grades (inclusive as above) is consistent with the starter to leaver ratios in the Areas
stands at 7.33%. This equates to 476.69 FTE leavers in and NPS as a whole. Of the NPS Areas, 57.14%
the 12 month period. In addition to this there were (80.95% last quarter) reported that their starters were
129.13 FTE (21.32% of total leavers) who transferred either exceeding or meeting the number of leavers. The
internally and were retained within the service. remaining Areas (42.86%) incurred a net loss of staff
during Quarter 1 2005/2006.

Chart 20 – Rolling Annual Attrition Rate by Grade Chart 21 – Rolling Annual Attrition Rate by Grade
(Operational) (Support)

40% 25%

35%
20%
30%
Senior Probation Officer DCO/Directors
25% Senior Practitioner ACO
15%
Probation Officer Area/District Managers
20% Trainee Probation Officer Section or Function Heads
Probation Services Officer Support Staff Admin
10%
15% Psychologist Support Staff Others
Other Operational Staff Other Specialists
10%
5%
5%

0% 0%
Q2 04/05 Q3 04/05 Q4 04/05 Q1 05/06 Q2 04/05 Q3 04/05 Q4 04/05 Q1 05/06

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Table 19a – Starters & Leavers Summary by Area & Family Group

Attrition Rate (%)


Starters:Leavers

Change on Last
Starters (FTE)

Leavers (FTE)
% Transfers

% Transfers
Number of
Number of

Ratio of

Quarter
Cum bria 5.25 19.05 0.73 0.00 1 : 0.14 0.41 - 1.27
Dyfed Powys 2.64 53.03 1.00 0.00 1 : 0.38 0.67 - 2.40
Gloucestershire 7.88 12.69 8.75 0.00 1 : 1.11 4.99 + 1.27
Lincolnshire 3.50 0.00 9.72 20.58 1 : 2.78 4.28 + 1.88
Norfolk 20.60 14.56 5.80 10.34 1 : 0.28 2.20 - 0.62
North Yorkshire 8.00 0.00 11.00 9.09 1 : 1.38 4.62 + 4.62
North W ales 5.20 0.00 1.00 0.00 1 : 0.19 0.41 - 1.68
Suffolk 7.08 14.12 5.12 19.54 1 : 0.72 2.42 - 1.32
W iltshire 4.00 25.00 6.90 28.99 1 : 1.73 4.76 + 1.45

Family Group 1 64.15 13.09 50.02 13.20 1 : 0.78 2.37 + 0.37


Bedfordshire 2.00 0.00 4.00 0.00 1 : 2.00 2.09 - 0.57
Cam bridgeshire 5.14 7.78 8.70 0.00 1 : 1.69 3.89 + 0.12
Dorset 7.44 2.69 5.05 0.00 1 : 0.68 2.36 - 0.78
Northam ptonshire 11.00 0.00 6.50 15.38 1 : 0.59 2.95 + 0.18
Surrey 13.00 30.77 8.10 12.35 1 : 0.62 3.16 + 0.63
W arwickshire 8.90 11.24 5.22 19.16 1 : 0.59 3.12 + 1.31

Family Group 2 47.48 11.79 37.57 7.99 1 : 0.79 2.72 + 0.54


Cheshire 16.33 100.00 2.00 50.00 1 : 0.12 0.56 + 0.56
Derbyshire 10.70 9.35 5.80 34.48 1 : 0.54 1.62 - 0.46
Durham 1.50 0.00 3.34 29.94 1 : 2.23 1.12 - 0.98
Gwent 23.00 21.74 11.00 9.09 1 : 0.48 4.92 + 2.14
Hertfordshire 7.30 0.00 11.20 17.86 1 : 1.53 5.22 + 1.35
Leicestershire 26.00 11.54 8.70 17.24 1 : 0.33 1.93 - 1.01
Staffordshire 2.50 20.00 5.50 0.00 1 : 2.20 1.31 + 0.12
Teesside 12.00 0.00 5.20 0.00 1 : 0.43 1.59 - 1.75
Family Group 3 99.33 26.00 52.74 16.12 1 : 0.53 1.67 - 0.01

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Table 19b – Starters & Leavers Summary by Area & Family Group

Attrition Rate (%)


Starters:Leavers

Change on Last
Starters (FTE)

Leavers (FTE)
% Transfers

% Transfers
Number of
Number of

Ratio of

Quarter
Avon & Som erset 17.70 8.47 12.70 7.87 1 : 0.72 2.49 + 0.03
Devon & Cornwall 11.60 13.79 5.52 18.12 1 : 0.48 1.21 - 0.11
Hum berside 12.90 15.50 7.90 12.66 1 : 0.61 1.78 - 1.46
Sussex 11.00 63.64 12.10 26.45 1 : 1.10 3.26 - 0.27
Tham es Valley 21.50 9.30 32.15 21.77 1 : 1.50 5.22 + 1.40
W est Mercia 10.66 9.38 10.16 0.00 1 : 0.95 2.71 + 0.48
Family Group 4 85.36 17.69 80.53 16.39 1 : 0.94 2.43 + 0.05
Essex 17.30 8.67 15.20 6.58 1 : 0.88 3.37 + 0.20
Ham pshire 32.90 3.04 16.86 0.00 1 : 0.51 3.11 + 1.43
Kent 5.60 35.71 10.90 0.00 1 : 1.95 2.36 - 0.52
Lancashire 2.80 0.00 13.20 15.15 1 : 4.71 2.26 + 1.02
Nottingham shire 29.30 6.83 13.60 0.00 1 : 0.46 2.60 - 1.23
South W ales 25.50 0.00 18.30 5.46 1 : 0.72 3.20 + 0.19
Family Group 5 113.40 5.73 88.06 4.54 1 : 0.78 2.68 + 0.59
Greater Manchester 61.00 3.28 49.00 2.04 1 : 0.80 3.68 + 1.93
London 44.46 0.00 45.59 1.32 1 : 1.03 1.91 - 0.75
Merseyside 8.00 0.00 19.38 0.00 1 : 2.42 2.55 + 1.25
Northum bria 4.57 0.00 6.89 14.51 1 : 1.51 1.02 - 1.50
South Yorkshire 8.50 11.76 10.80 18.52 1 : 1.27 1.65 - 0.64
W est Midlands 21.50 0.00 15.00 0.00 1 : 0.70 1.16 + 0.13
W est Yorkshire 15.21 6.57 20.10 9.95 1 : 1.32 1.94 + 0.13
Family Group 6 163.24 2.45 166.76 3.96 1 : 1.02 1.97 + 0.20
NPD 35.00 0.00 21.00 0.00 1 : 0.60 8.96 - 7.64
National T otal * 542.53 - 454.78 - 1 : 0.84 2.27 + 0.25

Table 19a & 19b: Figures include those staff transferring from one Area to another, except
for the National total (marked with an *). Transfer percentages are calculated as a
proportion of total starters or leavers (as appropriate). Figures marked in red indicate
where the ratio of starters to leavers shows a net loss in staff, or where the attrition rate is
higher than the national average. Figures in green indicate the opposite. The Attrition Rate
figures are calculated for Quarter 1 only.

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Chart 22 – Ranked Average Number of Leavers Chart 23 – Ranked Average Number of Leavers per
per Starter by Probation Area (Quarter 1 only) Starter by Probation Area (12 Months to 30/6/05)

Cheshire Durham

Lancashire Cumbria

North Yorkshire Leicestershire

Durham Cheshire

West Midlands Sussex

Bedfordshire Essex

Devon & Cornwall Dorset

Warwickshire Merseyside

Cumbria Staffordshire

Norfolk Nottinghamshire

Teesside South Wales

Hampshire West Midlands

Staffordshire Bedfordshire

Avon & Somerset North Wales

Northamptonshire North Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire Teesside

Surrey Derbyshire

Derbyshire Hampshire

Essex Norfolk

North Wales Dyfed Powys

Suffolk West Mercia

Greater Manchester South Yorkshire

Sussex West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Warwickshire

South Yorkshire Greater Manchester

Kent Humberside

Dorset Hertfordshire

Lincolnshire Avon & Somerset

Hertfordshire Surrey

West Mercia Gwent

Thames Valley Northamptonshire

London Wiltshire

Wiltshire Gloucestershire

Northumbria Lancashire

South Wales Northumbria

Cambridgeshire Kent

Dyfed Powys Devon & Cornwall

Humberside Thames Valley

Leicestershire Lincolnshire

Merseyside Cambridgeshire

Gwent Suffolk

Gloucestershire London

0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5

Chart 22 & 23: The red indicator line marks the balance point where the ratio of starters to
leavers equals 1 to 1 i.e. no net change in staff. Figures above this line are marked in red,
and show Areas where the ratio of starters to leavers indicates a net loss of staff. The
dashed indicator line shows the national average for the relevant period.

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Chart 24 – Ranked Attrition Rate by Probation Chart 25 – Ranked Full Year Attrition Rate by
Area (Quarter 3 Only) Probation Area (12 months to 30/6/05)

Cheshire Cheshire

North Yorkshire Durham

West Midlands Lancashire

Staffordshire West Midlands

Lancashire Merseyside
Merseyside Staffordshire

Devon & Cornwall Dyfed Powys

Cumbria Cumbria

Hampshire North Wales

Greater Manchester Derbyshire

Warwickshire West Mercia

West Yorkshire West Yorkshire

Derbyshire Devon & Cornwall

North Wales Northumbria

Durham Greater Manchester

West Mercia Hampshire

South Yorkshire South Yorkshire

Lincolnshire South Wales

Avon & Somerset Bedfordshire

Northumbria Warwickshire

Surrey Norfolk

London Avon & Somerset

Bedfordshire Lincolnshire

Gwent Leicestershire

Northamptonshire Teesside

Norfolk Humberside

Kent Gloucestershire

Leicestershire London

South Wales Essex

Dyfed Powys Gwent

Dorset Dorset

Essex Kent

Humberside Sussex

Wiltshire Wiltshire

Teesside North Yorkshire

Sussex Suffolk

Gloucestershire Hertfordshire

Suffolk Surrey

Cambridgeshire Thames Valley

Thames Valley Cambridgeshire

Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire

Hertfordshire Nottinghamshire

0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 0% 4% 8% 12% 16% 20%

Chart 24 & 25: In Chart 24, the red indicator line marks the national attrition rate for Quarter 1 2004/2005, while
the dashed indicator line shows the same figure for the current Quarter. In Chart 25, the red line marks the
national attrition rate for the 12 months from 1 July 03 to 30 June 04. The dashed indicator line in Chart 24
indicates the national attrition rate for the 12 months from 1 July 04 to 30 June 05.

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By Region
Charts 26 through 35 show the starters (positive figure has improved since last quarter. This stems from
numbers), leavers (negative numbers), and the net an increase in starters during the quarter. Examination
change for each of the last four quarters by Region. of the breakdown of new starts for the region shows that
there has been a large group of Probation Service
This affords an opportunity to look at the changing Officers and Administration staff recruited during the
trends in starter and leaver figures, and how this relates quarter. These job groups do not follow the same annual
to changes in staff in post figures. pattern as the Probation Officer grades, and this has
The general pattern observed in Quarter 1 2005/2006 is skewed the usual recruitment pattern.
a decrease in the net change figures across the NPS, Similarly, in the West Midlands the net change figure
with the majority of Regions recording a result consistent has remained relatively unchanged from last quarter,
with either little change or weak growth. This is reflected and continues to be consistent with an increase in staff.
in the changes to staff in post figures discussed earlier. Again, this stems from an increase in starters in the PSO
However, there are two exceptions to the general trend and Administration job groups during the quarter.
observed in the current quarter. The first of these is in
the East Midlands Region, where the current net change

Chart 26 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter Chart 27 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter
(North West) (North East)

250 250
200 200
150 150
100 100
50 Leavers 50 Leavers
0 Starters 0 Starters
-50 Net Change Net Change
-50
-100 -100
-150 -150
-200 -200
-250 -250
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 28 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter Chart 29 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter (West
(Yorkshire & Humberside) Midlands)

250 250
200 200
150 150
100 100
50 Leavers 50 Leavers
0 Starters 0 Starters
-50 Net Change Net Change
-50
-100 -100
-150 -150
-200 -200
-250 -250
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 30 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter (East Chart 31 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter (East
Midlands) of England)

250 250
200 200
150 150

100 100

50 Leavers 50 Leavers
0 Starters 0 Starters
-50 Net Change -50 Net Change

-100 -100

-150 -150

-200 -200

-250 -250
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

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Chart 32 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter Chart 33 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter
(Wales) (South West)

250 250

200 200

150 150

100 100

50 Leavers 50 Leavers
0 Starters 0 Starters

-50 Net Change -50 Net Change

-100 -100

-150 -150

-200 -200

-250 -250
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 34 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter Chart 35 – Starters & Leavers by Quarter
(South East) (London)

250 250

200 200

150 150

100 100

50 Leavers 50 Leavers
0 Starters 0 Starters
-50 Net Change -50 Net Change

-100 -100

-150 -150

-200 -200
-250 -250
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Chart 36 – Regional Attrition Rates (Quarter 1 Only)

North Ea st
1.19
North W e st (0.89%) [2.12%]
2.67
(2.42%) [3.44%] Yorkshire & Hum be rside
2.06
(1.63%) [3.15%]
W e st Midla nds
1.59
Ea st Midla nds
(1.15%) [2.75%]
2.29
(2.12%) [2.86%]
W a le s
2.55 Ea st of Engla nd
(2.42%) [2.91%] 3.05
(2.72%) [4.14%]

South W e st
2.24
London
(2.46%)[1.79%]
South Ea st 1.43
3.43 (1.16%) [2.58%]
(3.33%) [3.75%]

Chart 36: Figures in ( ) brackets show the attrition rate in for operational staff in
the Region. Figures in [ ] brackets show the same rate for support staff

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Chart 37a – Regional Rolling Annual Attrition Chart 37b – Regional Rolling Annual Attrition Rates by
Rates by Quarter Quarter
16.0% 18.0%

14.0% 16.0%

North West
12.0% 14.0% East of England
North East
Wales
10.0% 12.0%
Yorkshire & South West
Humberside
8.0% West Midlands 10.0% South East

London
East Midlands
6.0% 8.0%

4.0% 6.0%
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Regional Attrition Rates


Charts 37a and 37b plot the regional annual rolling attritition rate has fallen by 1.35% since last quarter.
attrition rate. The only region showing a consistent rise in the rolling
The data continues to show that generally, the annual annual attrition rate is Yorkshire & Humberside. The rate
rolling attrition rate is holding reasonably steady across there has risen by a further 0.36% over the quarter, and
the NPS, with a slight downward trend in most cases. is up by a total of 1.13% since Quarter 2 04/05 .
The attritition rate in all but two of the NPS Regions has The South East Region has the highest annual rolling
fallen since the previous quarter. The most significant attrition rate in the NPS at 13.16%. However, attrtion
decrease has come in the North East, where the annual continues to trend downwards in this Region.

Destination of Leavers
Charts 38 & 39 show the proportion of
leavers to each destination category Chart 38 – Destination of Leavers (Operational Staff)
across the last 12 months. This
averages out minor fluctuations in the
data from quarter to quarter, and better
represents longer term patterns in the
3.91% 1.02%
data. 2.49% Youth Justice (- 0.10%)
Drugs Projects (- 0.21%)
With the exception of retirement and 1.27% Social Services (- 0.38%)

death in service, we do not currently Other Voluntary Sector (- 0.00%)


Prison Service (- 0.35%)
collect reasons for leaving on a national 8.08% 2.76%
Other Public Sector (- 0.23%)
basis. Other Private Sector (- 0.92%)
Self-Employed (- 0.21%)
1.57%
The proportion of operational leavers 1.98%

taking up other employment outside of 23.09%

the NPS has decreased by 2.41% since 15.89%

last quarter. However, it looks likely that


this change may be due to a lack of Employment within NPS (+ 0.07%)
Other Employment (- 2.41%)
information regarding the destination of No Other Employment (+ 1.38%)
leavers in the quarter, rather than an Education/Training (+ 0.10%)

actual change in the overall pattern. The Retirement (- 0.51%)


18.72% Death (+ 0.15%)
decrease noted above has been Other/Not Known (+ 1.21%)
accompanied by respective increases of 27.52%

1.38% and 1.21% in the proportion of 1.31%

staff in the ‘No Other Employment’ and 1.03% 12.44%

Other/Not Known’ categories. These


categories tend to be used to capture
leavers for whom destination 4.10%
information is lacking.
Retirement (- 0.64%)
The proportion of operational staff that Ill Health Retirement (+ 0.13%)

take employment in another Area, and


are retained in the Service, remains 8.34%

reasonably steady at 15.89%.


Of those that do leave to pursue other
employment, the largest proportion
continues to head for other public sector
organisations (8.08% of total leavers).

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The next largest group (at 3.91%) leaves Chart 39 – Destination of Leavers (Support Staff)
to pursue a career in the private sector.
This is down by 0.92% since last
quarter, but is likely to be linked to the 0.00% 0.45% 0.15%
0.39% 1.65%
general drop in the ‘Other Employment’ 0.99% Youth Justice (- 0.07%)

figures as discussed above. Drugs Projects (+ 0.31%)


Social Services (- 0.20%)
Other Voluntary Sector (- 0.19%)
Leavers from the support staff category 11.88%
Prison Service (- 0.16%)
continue to be far more likely to leave Other Public Sector (- 1.95%)

the NPS altogether. Just 5.26% of 10.06%


Other Private Sector (+ 1.34%)
Self-Employed (+ 0.02%)
leavers move from one Area to another.
However, this is the second consecutive
quarterly increase in this figure. 25.58%

The two dominant destinations for those 22.46%


leavers that take up employment outside Employment within NPS (+ 0.79%)

of the NPS continue to be the public and 5.26% Other Employment (- 0.92%)

private sectors. However, in the present No Other Employment (- 0.80%)


Education/Training (+ 0.40%)
quarter the private sector is the most Retirement (+ 0.00%)

freqeunt destination at 11.88% of total 2.15% Death (+ 0.15%)


Other/Not Known (+ 0.38%)
leavers. This compares to 10.06% of
leavers from the support group that 12.78%

continue in the public sector. 30.86%


0.91%
1.53%
Retirement continues to account for a
signifcant proportion of the leavers from
both the operational and support Retirement (+ 0.28%)

categories (12.44% and 12.78% of Ill Health Retirement (- 0.28%)

leavers in the last 12 months


respectively).
11.24%

Health and Safety


The number of Areas providing a nil return for Health & London has also had a second consecutive quarterly
Safety information stands at 25 for Quarter 1 2005/2006 increase in the number of accidents per FTE. However,
(down from 26 in the previous quarter) as noted in the previous edition of this report, this is due
to improvements in reporting rather than any actual
The frequency rate (the number of accidents a staff
change in the rate of accidents. It will take some time
member can expect to have in their working life) of ‘3
before the figures for London even out and give a true
Day Lost Time’ incidents/accidents has fallen slightly
impression of the actual rate at which
following the sharp rise recorded last quarter.
accidents/incidents are occurring.
In the same period the frequency rate for ‘1 to 3 Day
Lost Time’ incidents/accidents has increased for the
second quarter in a row.
Chart 40 – Number and Frequency Rate of 3 Day Lost Time
The NPD will continue to monitor these trends, and to Accidents/Incidents
work with Areas to implement measures to control the
18 0.25
situation.
16
Charts 42a and 42b on page 31 show the number of
0.20
accidents per FTE as a rolling 12 month average by 14

Region. 12
0.15
The South West Region has continued the downward 10
Rate
No.

trend established last quarter, with a further drop in the 8


0.10
accidents per FTE rate. However, this does to continue 6
to be the Region with the highest number of accidents
per employee. 4 0.05

2
While the majority of Regions have either continued a
downwards trend, or at least held steady since last 0 0.00
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06
quarter, there are a few notable exceptions. Both Wales
and the East Midlands have recorded sharp increases Number of Accidents/Incidents Frequency Rate

since Quarter 4 2004/2005.

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Chart 41 – Number and Frequency Rate of 1- 3 Day Lost Time
Accidents/Incidents

12 0.14

0.12
10

0.10
8

0.08

Rate
No.
6
0.06

4
0.04

2
0.02

0 0.00
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

Number of Accidents/Incidents Frequency Rate

Table 35 – Regional Accident/Incident Summary

(Previous 4 Quarters)

Average FTE in Post


Accidents/Incidents

Accidents/Incidents

(FTE) Involved in an
Proportion of Staff

Accident/Incident
Across Period

per FTE
No. of

North W est 19 3189.33 0.006 1 : 167.86

North East 10 1276.34 0.008 1 : 127.63

Yorkshire & Hunberside 15 2355.51 0.006 1 : 157.03


East Midlands 12 1745.51 0.007 1 : 145.46

W est Midlands 10 2204.72 0.005 1 : 220.47

East of England 11 1516.45 0.007 1 : 137.86

South W est 23 1474.01 0.016 1 : 64.09


South East 2 2197.94 0.001 1 : 1098.97

London 17 2407.13 0.007 1 : 141.6

W ales 6 1179.24 0.005 1 : 196.54

T otal 125 19546.17 0.006 1 : 156.37

Chart 42a – Regional Summary of Chart 42b – Regional Summary of


Accidents/Incidents per FTE by Quarter Accidents/Incidents per FTE by Quarter
0.0250 0.0250

0.0200 0.0200

North West East of England


0.0150 0.0150
North East South West
Yorkshire & Hunberside South East
East Midlands London
0.0100 0.0100
West Midlands Wales

0.0050 0.0050

0.0000 0.0000
Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06 Q2 - 04/05 Q3 - 04/05 Q4 - 04/05 Q1 - 05/06

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Type of Accident/Incident
The NPS Health and Safety Policy Manual classifies quarter to present a summary of the data on accident
accidents and incidents by severity (rated 1 – 4). type over the last 4 quarters. Again, this averages out
Severity 1, being the highest rating, covers work-related quarterly fluctuations, which are inevitable given the
deaths of employees or other parties. There have been nature of accidents, and allow the assessment of longer
4 Severity 1 incidents reported since collection of this term trends.
information began. There have been 1 further Severity 1 Severity 3 incidents continue to be the most frequently
incidents reported in Quarter 1 2005/2006, which took reported type in the NPS, accounting for 49.60% of all
place in London. accidents/incidents over the last 4 quarters. This is a
The information shown in the following charts depicts the sharp decrease of 4.60% on figures from the previous 4
type of events that occur throughout the NPS. Collecting quarter period. Of the accidents in this category, the vast
such data nationally enables the identification of majority are of the ‘3 Day Lost Time’ type.
significant risks to staff and others who may be affected The implementation of the National Health & Safety
by our work, with a view to directing resources Strategy will contribute to further improvements in the
accordingly to manage and reduce those risks. safety culture of the NPS.
As with the presentation of ‘Destination of Leavers’ data,
the information on accident type has been changed this

Chart 43 – Breakdown of Accidents/Incidents by Severity Rating and Type

Injury to employee
resulting in Suicide of any
absence in excess person within
of 1-day as a NPS Premises
consequence of or whilst under
violence & NPS
intimidation 2.40% Supervision
1.60%

Injury to employee
resulting in
absence in excess
of 1-day 25.60%

28.00%

1.60%

Severity 1 (- 0.69%)
20.80%
Severity 2 (+ 3.24%)
Severity 3 (- 4.6%)
Severity 4 (+ 2.05%)

Other fire requiring


the attendance of
Dangerous
emergency 49.60% Occurrence 4.00%
services 2.40%
Failure of fire or
Threaten with an
Threat with intent personal alarms
offensive weapon
to Kill 8.00% for more than 7
3.20%
working days
1.60%
Discovery of
explosives,
3-day lost time
firearms or
accident/injury to
ammunition 0.80%
employee 44.00%
Major Injury to any
person (in the
workplace) 6.40%

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