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Civil Service West Midlands Pilot

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the terms of reference of the Civil Service West Midlands Pilot are; and whether (a) civil servants and (b) other members of the public who live outside the West Midlands are eligible to apply for jobs in the pilot. (290153)

The Civil Service West Midlands Pilot (CSWM) is a programme of work aimed at improving the culture, identity and brand of the civil service. Answerable through a cross-departmental board to permanent secretaries, it seeks to improve the visibility and attractiveness of the civil service to people from all backgrounds, and allow staff to develop their careers locally rather than having to move to London.

On the specific questions:

(a) The pilot requires that civil service organisations advertising vacancies in the region open these up to all employees who live or work there. It is a matter for departments and agencies themselves to decide whether any such vacancies will also be advertised to civil servants elsewhere, and on what terms. The pilot does not constrain any such activity.

(b) The pilot is aimed at ensuring the civil service in the region is managing its vacancies internally before going outside the service. Organisations will open their vacancies to members of the public if the internal process fails to yield a suitable candidate. Also, if Departments are conducting a larger scale recruitment campaign indicating a need to go simultaneously to the wider market, this will be done.