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Departmental Recruitment
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 1 September 2009, Official Report, column 1834W, on departmental recruitment (1) what additional expertise and capacity was required for the two policy adviser roles that could not be delivered through (a) offering the job to existing departmental staff and (b) advertising the job publicly; [292843]

(2) whether the two policy adviser roles were open to applications from existing civil servants.

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The role of policy adviser, local government restructuring, was offered to existing departmental staff before being filled by a fixed-term appointee. The appointee was selected as the strongest candidate from a group of people sifted by a recruitment agency and interviewed by departmental managers.

The role of policy adviser, strategy and performance, was filled by a fixed-term appointee in order to provide additional policy advice and flexible support to Ministers across the range of departmental business. The appointment was made upon appraisal of the individual’s skills and experience which was viewed as meeting the job criteria.

There is no automatic requirement to advertise fixed-term appointments publicly. This is in line with the civil service recruitment principles, which allow for staff to be brought in temporarily as an exception to ‘fair and open competition’ in order to supplement the skills and experience available to the Department.