The spend on external recruitment consultants by the Department, its agencies and NDPBs in the last three financial years is as follows:
Period DWP and agencies NDPBs Total April 2009 to February 2010 (to date) 10.0 2.7 12.7 April 2008 to March 2009 2.9 2.7 5.6 April 2007 to March 2008 0.9 1.9 2.8
DWP and agencies
April 2009 to February 2010 (to date)
April 2008 to March 2009
April 2007 to March 2008
Separation of DWP spend from that of its agencies could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.
These figures should be seen in the context of a total staff count of over 100,000.
The spend in the period April 2009 to February 2010 was unusually high reflecting the need to quickly recruit over 15,000 additional staff into Jobcentre Plus to meet the extra demands created by the economic downturn. This action has paid off; Unemployment is now expected to be around 700,000 lower in 2010 than in the Budget 2009. The savings in benefits across the five years 2010-11 to 2014-15 compared with what was assumed at Budget 2009 is around £14 billion. This includes spend relating to housing benefit and council tax benefit as well as jobseeker’s allowance. I expect the spend on external recruitment consultants for 2010-11 to be substantially lower.
The Department advertises all vacancies through Jobcentre Plus in addition to other methods. In line with common practice, we will incur expenditure when our recruitment involves an element of specialist executive search. The use of external agencies allows the Department to access the networking and contact with senior executives in different disciplines and organisations outside of the civil service.