§ 84. Mr. Jack Thompson
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of employees in jobcentres in Britain in 1979 and 1989.
§ Mr. Eggar
The gross numbers of staff employed in jobcentres as at 1 April 1979 and 31 December 1989 were 11,397 and 7,598 respectively.
No direct comparison can be drawn between the numbers of staff employed in jobcentres in Britain in 1979 and 1989, since a number of functions which would have been reflected in the 1979 figures are no longer carried out in jobcentres.
The 1989 figure does not include 4,781 counselling staff who work in unemployment benefit offices and other employment service premises.