||<p>The number of agency staff in HMCTS was 2,737 as of March 2018, which was 14.6%.
The earliest held comparable data is from 2016 and shows 1,569, which was 8.5% of
the staffing numbers. This shows an increase of 1,168, 6.1 percentage points, over
this period. The following table shows a breakdown by grade as requested.</p><p> </p><p>We
were unable to provide data from 2010 as HMCTS did not exist in its current form until
2011. Prior to this there were multiple business units that held their own people
data. We are unable to obtain agency data from HR systems prior to 2016. As with any
large data system, there are also likely to be some inaccuracies.</p><p> </p><p>Over
the period of Reform, we expect the shape and size of the organisation to change.
As part of this we are reducing our staffing levels and expect the future skills of
our people to change. The HMCTS workforce strategy during this period is to increase
the capability of our staff, whilst simultaneously increasing our workforce flexibility
through the increased usage of contingent labour. This is in order to reduce redundancy
costs and protect the jobs of longer serving, permanent staff. The required staffing
level needed across each of our HMCTS sites is monitored closely, and proactive recruitment
undertaken to ensure these levels are maintained.</p>