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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what civil service grade his Department's director in public services is; how the position was advertised; which search consultants were involved; what references were taken up for the successful candidate; at what level the decision to appoint was taken; and whether Ministers were involved in the decision. (192739)

[holding answer 10 March 2008]: The director of public services is graded as senior civil service payband 2.

Rockpools was engaged by the Department to assist with the recruitment campaign, and the post was advertised in The Sunday Times on 9 December 2007.

In line with the civil service commissioners' recruitment code, the selection panel was chaired by a civil service commissioner and comprised the Treasury's second permanent secretary, along with an external representative. No Ministers were involved in the decision-making process.

Appropriate references were obtained on the successful candidate in line with the Department's policy on pre-employment checks.