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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to recruit scientifically-trained civil servants; and what timetable he has set for the recruitment process. (253513)

The Department recruits staff through the civil service recruitment code that allows Departments to ask for specific skills and backgrounds to be key features in recruitment advertisements if they are required. A number of previous posts have lead to the recruitment of scientifically-trained employees.

We will continue to ask for such in some of our future recruitment campaigns where relevant. In addition we also take advantage of the science and engineering fast stream (Fast Track graduate recruitment) where each year we take some graduates from a Government-wide scheme.