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 much his Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants 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.

The core Department spent a total of £464,581 on external recruitment for the 2008-09 financial year.

In the same period the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency spent £88,108.00 on external recruitment and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency spent £66,614.

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