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Professional And Executive Recruitment

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many personnel executive registers there are in Great Britain; and where they are placed;(2) how many consultants are attached to each personnel register; and what are their rates of pay;(3) how many supporting staff each consultant attached to the personnel executive register has; and what are their rates of pay.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that there is one central register operated by professional and executive recruitment (PER) comprising both candidates and vacancies. The network of 36 public offices located in the main centres of population have access to this central register. There are 207 staff currently employed as recruitment consultants. Apart from typing and miscellaneous services, they work on their own without direct support. Their rates of pay are within the salary range £2,065 to £4,846 plus £312 per annum supplement, according to their age and grade.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have been placed by each of the personnel executive registers during the last 12 months; and what is the average cost of each placement.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that in the 12-month period ending 31st December 1976, 9,201 people have been placed by professional and executive recruitment (PER). The most recent information on the average cost per placement by PER is as given in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South-West (Mrs. Wise) on 11th October 1976—[Vol. 917, c. 48.]

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how much the personnel executive register lost during the financial year 1975–76; and what is the projected loss for 1976–77.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that professional and executive recruitment (PER) had a trading deficit for the financial year 1975–76 of £0·6 million. The projected trading deficit for 1976–77 is £0·4 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the future of the personnel executive register; and if he will make a statement.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that following a comprehensive review of this specialist service it has reaffirmed the aim of making professional and executive recruitment (PER) financially self-supporting. Although this aim has not yet been achieved, PER is continuing to reduce its trading deficit and is providing a recruitment and placing service at a substantially less cost, in equivalent money terms, than the service it superseded. At present a study is being carried out jointly by my Department, the MSC and the Treasury, of the implications, financial and otherwise, of merging PER with jobcentres.