Number of MPs employing staff as an office manager, senior parliamentary assistant and parliamentary assistant


I am writing to request information which I believe is available under the Freedom of Information Act

 What Members of Parliament employed a  

  • Senior Parliamentary Assistant

  • Parliamentary Assistant

  • Office Manager 

 In each of the last 10 years?


IPSA holds some of the information that you request.

By way of background, IPSA was established in May 2010 and does not hold information relating to operations before that date.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), staffing costs may be claimed to meet the cost of staff who support MPs in performing their parliamentary functions. IPSA provides model contracts and job descriptions for all staff employed by MPs, the specific conditions of which (such as pay and annual leave entitlement) can be set by the employing MP, usually within bands specified by IPSA.

At the end of each financial year, we publish information on each MP's staffing arrangements. This includes the job titles and working arrangements of staff employed by the MP during that financial year. This can be found on each MP's page, under 'Other Financial Information'. Information on standard job roles and payscales can be found here.

The following table outlines the number of MPs who employ or employed staff in the three job categories you requested since 2010.

Financial YearJob TitleNo of MP employers
2010-11Office Manager440
2010-11Senior Parliamentary Assistant343
2010-11Parliamentary Assistant405
2011-12Office Manager448
2011-12Senior Parliamentary Assistant368
2011-12Parliamentary Assistant457
2012-13Office Manager464
2012-13Senior Parliamentary Assistant380
2012-13Parliamentary Assistant482
2013-14Office Manager478
2013-14Senior Parliamentary Assistant399
2013-14Parliamentary Assistant519
2014-15Office Manager420
2014-15Senior Parliamentary Assistant287
2014-15Parliamentary Assistant506
2015-16Office Manager566
2015-16Senior Parliamentary Assistant332
2015-16Parliamentary Assistant585
2016-17Office Manager471
2016-17Senior Parliamentary Assistant262
2016-17Parliamentary Assistant445
2017-18Office Manager533
2017-18Senior Parliamentary Assistant316
2017-18Parliamentary Assistant476

10 January 2019
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