Freedom of information response

Support Staff

Publication date: 
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Request: 

1. How many Apprentices carry out Support Staff roles - can you please provide the number along with details of the roles that they are carrying out within the Schools?

2. Can you please provide details of the rate of pay for Apprentices to carry out the role of Support Staff?

3. Can you please provide the number of Agency Support Staff within LEA Schools?

4. Can you please provide details of the hourly agency rate for Support Staff within LEA Schools and the hourly rate paid to Agency Support Staff?

5. How much was spent on Agency Support Staff in total for 2017/18 and 2018/19?

6. How many Agency Support Staff have become permanent Support Staff?

7. Can you please provide details of the number of zero hours contracts issued within LEA Schools?

8. Can you please provide a breakdown of the roles within LEA Schools for which zero hours contracts are used?
If applicable, please confirm why any of the information cannot be provided and whether there are to be any charges associated with this request

Response: 

1. We currently have 29 staff recruited as apprentices and studying. All are in junior roles and training at the same time as undertaking a job, we would therefore classify them support staff as opposed to managerial.  We currently have no apprentices in Local Authority maintained schools.

2. Thurrock Council apprentices are paid minimum wage for their age.

3. Information not held, you will need to contact the schools directly to obtain this information, please see following web link which provides details of schools in the local authority: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/schools-and-colleges.

4. Please see Question 3 above.

5. Please see following web link which provides information on agency spend: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/what-we-spend/agency-spending.

6. Please see Question 3 above.

7. Please see Question 3 above.

8. Please see Question 4 above.

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Request reference:
FOI 9326