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Civil Servants: Vacancies

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on civil servants: vacancies, which (a) Departments and (b) executive agencies do not advertise their job vacancies on the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway; (271913)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1057W, on civil servants: vacancies, what the (a) job title, (b) salary range and (c) name of the recruiting Department or agency was of each vacancy advertised within the Civil Service via the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway in the last 12 months;

(3) what criteria are used to determine whether a Civil Service job vacancy advertised via the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway is reserved for existing civil servants;

(4) what steps he plans to take to encourage greater use of the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway.

Government Departments and Executive agencies have delegated responsibility for recruitment advertising. All Departments have been asked to give an assurance that their vacancies will be advertised on the new online service. The Government are committed to making vacancies widely available to job seekers and are undertaking a programme of work to encourage greater use of the online facility.

Departments and agencies determine whether a vacancy should be advertised internally within the civil service or externally. The civil service senior leadership committee must approve the mode of recruitment for the most senior civil service job vacancies. In all cases the decision to advertise is based on a range of factors, including workforce plans, talent management strategies and cost.

A breakdown of the vacancies appearing online can be provided only at disproportionate cost.