Westminster City Council is on track to spend nearly £14 million on temporary agency staff by the end of 2012/2013.
According to Council figures, in the first nine months of the year, up until the end of December 2012, the Council had spent £10,329,000 on temporary agency staff, including;
- 1 costing between £140k – £150k
- 1 costing between £130k – £140k
- 9 costing between £100k – £120k
- 5 costing between £90k – £100k
- 4 costing between £80k – £90k
In addition, of the ‘Top Twenty’ temporary agency staff employed by the Council by length of time, the average time with the Council is 2.51 years with four staff over three years.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Spending nearly £14 million a year on temporary agency staff at a time when the Council is planning another £10 million of service cuts is the height of irresponsibility. There are huge savings to be made by reducing the Council’s reliance on expensive agency staff. “
“And the average time the Top Twenty temporary agency staff have been working for the Council is 2.5 years! Since when has ‘temporary’ meant two and a half years?”