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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the job vacancies for three departmental advisers on faith and community issues, advertised by his Department in August 2009, for what reasons the vacancies (a) are for 12-month fixed-term contracts and (b) were not advertised through the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway or departmental website. (292980)

Communities and Local Government occasionally recruits specialist staff on a time-limited basis, to provide additional expertise and capacity as required.

Communities and Local Government advertised the three departmental advisers on faith and community posts in accordance with the rules set out by the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners. We advertised these posts through the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway and the departmental website as well as a range of specific faith and community press, and national media.