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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (226795)

The costs of recruitment consultants and external recruitment advertising in each of the last five years are detailed in the following tables. These costs relate to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and FCO Services, a Trading Fund of the FCO which delivers a combination of secure services to the FCO in the UK and at missions overseas.

FCO (Main) Recruitment

Financial year

External recruitment advertising costs (£)

Recruitment consultants costs (£)

Recruitment consultants used

2003-04

348,137

763,675

Capita

Hays

2004-05

388,482

314,741

Capita

2005-06

413,525

854,853

Capita

Veredus

Odgers

Whitehead Mann

2006-07

283,289

1,294,359

Barkers

Capita

Enrich Organisational Development

Gloria Goldman Assoc.

Martin Stairs Consulting

Marcus Powell

John Harradence Occ. Psychology

Whitehead Mann

Russell Reynolds

2007-08

1272,038

825,318

Barkers

Capita

Moloney Search

Pearn Kandola

Gloria Goldman Assoc.

Enrich

Positive P

Ashridge Consulting

Carter Personnel Consulting

Dennison Psychology

Barclay Simpson

Northern Recruitment

Odgers

Richard Cureton

Marcus Powell

Harrington Young

Tribal

Martin Stairs

Linbert Spencer

Ashborne

Taylor Bennett

Egon Zehnder International

1 This includes £70,955 for rebranding of FCO publicity material.

FCO Services Recruitment

Financial year

External recruitment advertising costs (£)

Recruitment consultants costs (£)

Recruitment consultants used

2003-04

53,016

17,855

Richard Cureton

2004-05

124,910

42,234

Capita

Delancey HR Ltd.

Richard Cureton

Roger Moss

2005-06

134,124

64,717

Capita

Richard Cureton

Roger Moss

Dennison Psychology Ltd.

Market Communications

2006-07

177,070

101,892

Capita

Richard Cureton

Roger Moss

Dennison Psychology Ltd.

Whitehead Mann

Veredus

2007-08

199,555

328,057

Richard Cureton

Delancey HR Ltd.

Roger Moss

Capita

Dennison Psychology Ltd.

Barkers

Veredus Interim Management

TMP Worldwide

FCO Services spend on recruitment consultants is less than that of FCO Recruitment. This is because FCO Services recruitment campaigns are smaller and can be managed mostly in-house, with very little being outsourced.