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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last year for which figures are available. (315475)

For the 2009 calendar year DEFRA and its agencies filled 909 vacancies through external recruitment. Core DEFRA and its agencies comprises 10,189 staff (figure at 31 March 2009).

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available. (315476)

Our purchasing systems do not separate out expenditure on external recruitment consultants from expenditure on other HR consultancy services supplied to DEFRA and our agencies. The information requested can therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.