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Departmental Recruitment
08 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) her Department, (b) the Charity Commission and (c) the Central Office of Information spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available. [315210]

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No expenditure was incurred in Cabinet Office. I have asked the chief executives of the Central Office of Information (COI) and the Charity Commission to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Andrew Hind, dated 5 March 2010:

As the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, I have been asked to respond to your written Parliamentary Question (315210) on how much the Charity Commission spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available.

In the financial year 2008/09, the Charity Commission spent £445,380 on recruitment broken down as follows:

£

Reed Staffing Services Ltd

11,750

Hays Accountancy Personnel

11,809

Hudson Global Resources Ltd

4,113

Recruitactive

14,138

Red Snapper Recruitment

43,689

Badenoch and Clark

12,013

Artis Recruitment Ltd

14,603

Shi Group Ltd

9,246

TMP(UK) Limited

126,862

Bernard Hodes Group

197,157

Total

445,380

Within the time available, it has not been possible to produce a straightforward correlation between exact posts and expenditure.

In 2008/09, we undertook a number of major recruitment campaigns. These were related to filling posts resulting from decisions to strengthen our compliance function and to make strategic changes in our organisational structure as a result of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. Many of the posts had specialist requirements and consultants were engaged to help us source the candidates with the right skills and experience.

The majority of expenditure with TMP (UK) Limited and Bernard Hodes Group relates to advertising space in the media: the agencies contract directly with the press for placing job advertisements and then the Commission reimburses the agencies for the costs they incurred. Only a small proportion of the expenditure, therefore, will be the agencies’ fee. A complete analysis of the split between agency fees and the cost of job advertisements is not readily available.

A further aspect of the expenditure with the Bernard Hodes Group was investment in a dedicated careers website, which has enabled the Commission to reduce its recruitment budget for 2009/10 to £200,000. The Commission forecast for the current financial year shows that it expects expenditure on recruitment to remain within that budget.

I hope this is helpful.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 4 February 2010:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question [315210] asking for the total spent on external recruitment consultants in the last year for which figures are available.

The Central Office of Information spent £49,995 on external recruitment consultants for the financial year 2008/9.