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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available. (315502)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to recruiting a talented and diverse work force, ensuring that the most qualified candidates from the widest range of backgrounds apply. The FCO sometimes uses external recruitment agencies to manage recruitment campaigns for new entrants, and where specialist knowledge of a specific job market is required; for instance Overseas Security Managers and procurement specialists. Outsourced recruitment is more cost-effective than running all recruitment campaigns through a larger in-house recruitment team and is a model used extensively across central Government. In 2008-09 FCO Recruitment spent £1,115,890 and FCO Services £839,790 on external recruitment agencies in order to help meet these aims. These figures include advertising and other costs involved in the recruitment campaigns and reflect an increase on 2007-08 spend due to a greater number of campaigns, many of them in specialist areas.