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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months. (315286)

Central records indicate that the Department spent £59,928 on external recruitment consultants since its inception (announced on 5 June 2009) to 31 December 2009.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 15 March 2010:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked me to reply to your question, how much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

The Insolvency Service employs a large number of temporary staff. Financial records show that in the 12 months from February 2009 to January 2010 (inclusive) it spent £20,512,282 on temporary staff supplied by several agencies. Agency recruitment charges are estimated to be between 12.5% and 18% of this total, i.e. between £2,564,035 and £3,692,211.

A more exact estimate of the amount spent on external recruitment consultants can be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 11 February 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 29 January 2010, UIN 315286, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House has spent £30,500 on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 2 February 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 29 January 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In the period February 09-January 2010 the Intellectual Property Office spent £59,000 on external recruitment consultants. These costs were incurred in recruiting and assessing lay members of a tribunal.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 2 February 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 29 January 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills asking how much was spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

The National Measurement Office spent £7,103.00 on external recruitment in the twelve months ending 31 January 2010.