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UK Trade and Investment: Recruitment

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what difference in cost to his Department there is between filling an overseas post relating to UK Trade and Investment with an officer of the Diplomatic Service and an official from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; and whether this difference is taken into account when posts are allocated. (275456)

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) jobs overseas are subject to internal open competition in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UKTI and Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform (BERR). Successful candidates are chosen only on merit, in the interests of getting the best person for the job. BERR staff taking up UKTI positions overseas transfer to diplomatic service terms and conditions for the duration of their posting.

It is not possible to provide a difference in cost between filling a UKTI overseas post with an officer of the diplomatic service and an official from BERR as costs are dependent on the post, the destination country and the grade and personal circumstances of the officer.