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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. (226809)

The Northern Ireland Prison Service uses recruitment consultants to run aptitude tests and assessment centre selection. In other parts of the Department, recruitment consultants are used only when recruitment competitions fail to produce suitable candidates or where executive searches are required to identify suitable applicants. These consultants are selected in line with NIO procurement policy.

The following tables provide details of fees paid to consultants and advertising costs in the NIO for each of the years requested.

Table (a) (i) NIO core Department—use of consultants

Consultants used

Consultant fees (£)

2003-04

Capita and Penna Consulting

5,483.43

2004-05

Capita and Penna Consulting

12,277.85

2005-06

Parity Recruitment

6,286.25

2006-07

Parity Recruitment, Veredus and Hayes Recruitment

42,037.51

2007-08

Table (a) (ii) NIO core Department—recruitment advertising costs

Advertising costs (£)

2003-04

8,063.14

2004-05

182,414.70

2005-06

76,844.74

2006-07

49,105.27

2007-08

23,952.65

Table (b) (i) NIO Executive agencies—use of consultants

Consultants used

Consultant fees (£)

2003-04

2004-05

Grafton

36,267.98

2005-06

Parity Recruitment and Grafton

52,225.18

2006-07

Parity Recruitment

31,633.71

2007-08

Grafton

70,553.46

Table (b) (ii) NIO Executive agencies—recruitment advertising costs

Advertising costs (£)

2003-04

120,799.70

2004-05

189,127.91

2005-06

107,886.66

2006-07

189,461.15

2007-08

207,270.82