What’s happening to the DEFRA family workforce?

DEFRA’s employment bill has tripled, Natural England is increasingly reliant on temporary staff and the Environment Agency has lost people across all pay grades. Gareth Simkins looks at what’s happening to the DEFRA family workforce

DEFRA sign. Photograph: DEFRA
The Environment Agency and Natural England are closely tied to DEFRA

DEFRA’s employment bill has almost tripled since Theresa May came to power two years ago, the department paying out £21.2m in July.

The rising bill, including permanent, temporary and consultancy staff recruited to prepare for Brexit, puts the department on course to pay out around £260m in staff costs this year, more than £100m more than in 2017.

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