§ 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 1984–85.579W
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 Notes: 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.