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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment agencies in the latest year for which figures are available. (315494)

The Department currently has in place recruitment controls for all grades and external recruitment is authorised in only the most exceptional circumstances.

As part of the work currently being undertaken, on Next Generation HR, a single ‘e-recruitment’ system is being developed that will enable Departments to manage recruitment and lower the use and cost of external recruitment agents.

All external vacancies in the core Department are now also advertised through Job Centre Plus.

During 2008-09 the Department used recruitment agents to handle the administration for their external recruitment campaigns. 73 posts were filled through external recruitment in the core Department. The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency filled 10 vacancies through external recruitment.

For the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 16 job vacancies were filled using external agencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the latest year for which figures are available. (315497)

The Department currently has in place recruitment controls for all grades and external recruitment is authorised in only the most exceptional circumstances.

As part of the work currently being undertaken, on Next Generation HR, a single ‘e-recruitment’ system is being developed that will enable Departments to manage recruitment and lower the use and cost of external recruitment agents.

All external vacancies in the core Department are now also advertised through Job Centre Plus.

The core Department spent a total of £464,581 on external recruitment for the 2008-09 financial year.

In the same period the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency spent £88,108.00 on external recruitment and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency spent £66,614.