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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which posts filled by his Department in the last three months were not advertised on either his Department's public website or the public part of the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway; and what the job title and remit of each such vacancy was. (286644)

Staff are from time to time recruited through limited competition on a time-limited basis to provide additional expertise and capacity as required, and are not permanent civil servants who can only be appointed through fair and open competition.

20 posts were not advertised and were filled through limited competition (including three student placements). The job title and remit for the remaining 17 posts are as follows:

Project Adviser—Local Analysis and Delivery Unit;

Marketing Assistant—Planning Portal;

Lawyer—Legal Directorate;

Grade 6—Residential Property Tribunal Service;

Team Leader—Olympics Legacy Planning and Delivery;

Personal Assistant, Strategy and Performance;

Development Team Admin.—Planning Portal;

HR Communications Manager;

Research Assistant—Planning Portal;

HR Helpdesk Operator;

Workforce Equalities Team Member;

Policy Adviser—Local Government Restructuring;

HR Management Information Manager;

Deputy Director—Communities Futures;

Policy Adviser—Strategy and Performance;

Executive Officer—Total Place;

HR Resourcing Manager.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many job vacancies have been filled in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many of them were advertised on (a) his Department’s public website and (b) the public part of the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway. (286683)

270 job vacancies were filled in the Department in the last 12 months, and most were filled internally. 82 job vacancies were advertised externally. A high proportion of external adverts are for specialist and senior roles. Advertising methods are chosen to ensure a strong field of candidates. It is standard procedure to advertise all external vacancies (below SCS level) on the public part of the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway and on the Department’s public website, in addition to the use of other means such as Local Employment Partnerships and Jobcentre Plus.