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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department paid to (a) recruitment agencies and (b) recruitment consultants in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available. (263970)

The Department for International Development only uses recruitment agencies to provide temporary staff. Since 2005 we have predominantly used three agencies.

The following table shows the total costs paid in the last three financial years to the three suppliers.

Financial year

Total amount paid (£)

2005-06

1,226,530

2006-07

1,113,890

2007-08

1857,156

1 This total includes executive agency costs in the support of the recruitment of DFID’s Permanent Secretary and two Non-Executive Directors.

Individual departments within DFID also have delegated authority to appoint professional and specialist staff from specialist suppliers and recruitment consultants, but details of this expenditure are not held centrally.

In accordance with the civil service recruitment code, all DFID permanent appointments are made on merit and on the basis of fair and open competition.