Civil Service: Recruitment

House of Lords written question – answered at on 11 November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to eliminate advertising for Civil Service job vacancies other than on the internet, as called for by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in July.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

On 24 May 2010, the Government announced a freeze on advertising and marketing spend. Exceptions to this are required to be cleared by Ministers.

Departments have been asked to advertise their vacancies on the Civil Service jobs site to reduce recruitment spend but for some specialist posts, for example, professional journals may be considered necessary to attract the right candidate.

On 24 May, the Government also announced a freeze on recruitment, with exceptions for frontline posts (with the approval of Permanent Secretaries, and Chief Executives), business-critical posts (with the approval of the Secretary of State) and the Fast Stream.

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