HC Deb 24 February 1988 vol 128 c187W
Mr. Grocott

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants are employed in his Department; what are their average weekly working hours; and how many are(a) on flexitime, (b) on job-sharing schemes, (c) on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight and (d) able to retire with full pension rights at 60 years.

Mr. Stanley

There are some 23,800 non-industrial civil servants employed in the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments (excluding prison officer grades). The normal conditioned hours are 41 hours a week for staff in London and 42 for staff in Belfast inclusive of meal breaks.

Taking each of the elements (a) to (d) in the hon. Member's question in turn:

  1. (a) about 12,300 staff work flexitime;
  2. (b) 64 staff participate in job-sharing schemes;
  3. (c) three staff are working a four-day week, but none works a nine-day fortnight; and
  4. (d) information about the number of staff who would be able to accrue 40 years' reckonable service for pension purposes by the age of 60 is not readily available.

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