Departmental Recruitment

Health written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job vacancies in his Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment agencies in the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

The Department currently has in place recruitment controls for all grades and external recruitment is authorised in only the most exceptional circumstances.

As part of the work currently being undertaken, on Next Generation HR, a single 'e-recruitment' system is being developed that will enable Departments to manage recruitment and lower the use and cost of external recruitment agents.

All external vacancies in the core Department are now also advertised through Job Centre Plus.

During 2008-09 the Department used recruitment agents to handle the administration for their external recruitment campaigns. 73 posts were filled through external recruitment in the core Department. The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency filled 10 vacancies through external recruitment.

For the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 16 job vacancies were filled using external agencies.

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