HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 cc578-9W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will calculate the total annual cost and the average annual cost of full-time equivalent posts in the National Health Service and local government; and if he will break down the average cost for a full-time equivalent post into pay, national insurance, superannuation, and other costs such as office space, heating, lighting, and so on, for each of the years 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1985–86.

Mr. Newton

The available information is in the tables:

Table 1
NHS directly employed staff1
Average annual cost per FTE
Year Number of staff in post2 3 Annual cost4£ Million Pay








1982–83 5820,400 6,078 n.a. n.a. n.a. 7,409
1983–84 66819,100 6,412 n.a. n.a. n.a. 7,828
1984–85 77809,000 6,776 7,313 454 607 8,376
1985–86 88802,400 7,113 7,783 486 596 8,865
Abbreviations: Supn. = Superannuation, NI = National Insurance. FTE = Full time equivalent.
1 Figures shown are for staff employed in the hospital and community health services in England and are exclusive of the family practitioner services, the Dental Estimates Board and the Prescription Pricing Authority.
2 Figures expressed in full time equivalents and rounded to nearest 100.
3 Includes locum and agency staff.
4 Derived from health authorities' summarised accounts.
5 At 30 September 1982.
6 At 30 September 1983.
7 At 30 September 1984.
8 At 30 September 1985.


A breakdown of the various elements of salaries/wages is not available prior to 1984–85.

Table 2
Cost of full-time equivalent posts in local government1
Year Average of FTEs (over four quarters) Annual cost £ million2 Average annual cost per FTE3


1982–83 1,882,600 16,735 8,900
1983–84 1,889,200 17,982 9,500
1984–85 1,886,800 19,075 10,100
1985–86 1,891,400 19,935 10,500
1 Figures shown are for England and include agency staff.
2 Includes:
gross pay together with payments and allowances, compensation for loss of office, and redundancy payments;
employers share of national insurance contributions;
contributions to superannuation funds, and beneficiaries under pension scheme e.g. police and firemen;
payments made to staff which are later reimbursed by central government, MSC etc.
but excludes:
payments for training expenses, removal expenses etc.;
transfer values on superannuation funds;
allowances paid to councillors.
3 A breakdown of the various elements of salaries/wages is not available.