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Departmental Vacancies

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the staff vacancy rate in his Department was in 2010-11; and what vacancy rate has been assumed in his Department's budget for 2011-12.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

In 2010-11, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) filled 21 Fast Stream programme and 30 other vacancies for UK-based staff through external recruitment campaigns. This represents a vacancy rate of approximately 1.02%.

In 2011-12, the FCO expects to take on a similar number of applicants to the Fast Stream programme to last year. The Fast Stream recruitment programme is exempt from the Government-wide recruitment freeze.

It is not possible to provide an overall figure for vacancy rates in 2011-12. External vacancies arise only when roles are not filled either internally or from across Whitehall and it is difficult to predict these in advance.

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