FOI request detail

Count if employees, grouped by county.

Request ID: FOI-2084-2223
Date published: 19 December 2022

You asked

Please can you provide a count of TfL employees, grouped by the city they live in? Thank you Clarification received 24/11/2022: On balance, can I ask for the information to be grouped per county? If not available, then city?

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-2084-2223
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 November 2022 asking for information about TfL employees.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.
Specifically, you asked for a list of where TfL employees live, grouped by county, or if not available then by city.
I can confirm that we hold the information you require, which is provided in the attached spreadsheet. Please note the following:
  • The list includes permanent TfL employees only and is based on their primary home address as per our central reporting system. It will not include those working for contractors such as bus operators.
  • Addresses are supplied by employees using a free text field in our central reporting system. This is as up to date as employees wish to make it, so we are reliant on employees being accurate with their address. Those we cannot map are recorded as blank.
  • Some employees may reside in other locations while in employment with TfL but keep their primary home address as where they want mail from TfL sent.
  • The mapping from postcode to county comes from the ONS National Statistics Postcode Lookup August 2022 and the ONS LAD to County to Region to Country Lookups.
  • This means that should an employee have typed their postcode incorrectly, then we are not able to map it. It also may be the case that the ONS do not have a mapping for this particular postcode (as may be the case with new builds for example). This accounts for the figure of 252 in row 95 where no mapping was possible.
Based on the primary home addresses of our employees around 96 per cent reside either in London, the East of England or the South East of England and around 62 per cent of staff reside in London.  The vast majority of our staff are front line colleagues who work on the transport network, rather than in offices.
Like many businesses following the pandemic, TfL now has a hybrid working model for office based staff that requires staff to work in the office a minimum of two occasions a week, but many are attending more often. Flexible and hybrid working models have been and continue to be an important part of supporting a diverse workforce such as carers, parents and those with disabilities. TfL always reviews its policies to ensure that it continues to deliver for the city and the majority of our staff are front line colleagues who do not work in offices.
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.
Yours sincerely,
David Wells
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London


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