To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on recruitment agencies in each month since September 2011.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has spent a total of £26,128.14 on recruitment agencies since September 2011.
The monthly spend is:
This figure covers recruitment for UK-based members of staff only. It excludes recruitment undertaken by overseas posts advertising for local staff positions as the figures for this are not held centrally. All of the positions for which external recruitment campaigns were held during this period were approved for external recruitment as either business critical or a front line service, in accordance with the terms of the Government-wide recruitment freeze.