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Staff turnover costs Defra over £200,000

Defra has spent over £200,000 in recruitment last year following a 8% staff turnover, a disclosure upon a freedom of information request has revealed.

But a survey has also shown a slight increase in the level of employee engagement.

According to Defra annual’s report, in 2012-13 the number of people employed by the department, excluding agencies, was just below 2,000.

Defra has indicated in a response to a FOI request that some 160 workers left the department between April and December 2013, which puts the rate of turnover ataround 8%.

Some 240 new people were recruited, with an adverting cost of £287,267.

In 2012-13, the amount spent on advertising for recruitment was £39,625.

A report by the specialist magazine Civil Service World in December last year suggested that Defra had the third highest senior management turnover since 2010 after BIS and the Cabinet Office.

Defra also published details of a staff survey, which indicated a level of engagement of 52% among employees in 2013.

The score was two percentage points up in comparison to the 2012 survey, which had generated concerns among members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee.

But it was still 6 percentage points below the median score across government departments.

Only 32% respondents said Defra “inspired them to do the best in their job”.

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