Government Departments Taking Up to Four Months to Fill Vacancies

Department of Energy & Climate Change register largest increase in recruitment spend in 2013/14 as it breaks £800K marker

Ministerial departments in the UK take up to four months to fill vacancies, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by recruitment software leader Bullhorn.

Bullhorn requested information on total recruitment spend in the financial year 2013/14, from the 24 government ministerial departments, and received complete information from nine of them. Five departments claimed it would be too expensive to compile the information (see appendix one) and no responses were received from the remaining departments. Bullhorn also requested information on the number of advertised vacancies in the last financial year, along with the percentage filled and the time they took to fill.

The results are as follows:

Recruitment spend in 2013/14 financial year by department:

Attorney General’s Office

2011/2012: £25,280

2012/2013: No response

2013/2014: £0

2014 Percentage change from last available data: -100%

Cabinet Office

2011/2012: £63,050

2012/2013: £253,463

2013/2014: £225,331

2014 Percentage change from last available data: -12%

Department for Education:

2011/2012: £108,231

2012/2013: £383,291

2013/2014: £317,926

2014 Percentage change from last available data: -19%

Department of Energy & Climate Change:

2011/2012: £222,000

2012/2013: £553,000

2013/2014: £836,000

2014 Percentage change from last available data: 41%

Her Majesty’s Treasury:

2011/2012: £235,000

2012/2013: £333,000

2013/2014: £264,327

2014 Percentage change from last available data: -23%

Department for Transport:

2011/2012: £87,984 (average across DfT agencies)

2012/2013: £102,926 (average across DfT agencies)

2013/2014: £58,055 (Department for Transport Central only)

2014 Percentage change from last available data: -56%

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills:

2011/2012: £464,114

2012/2013: £487,689

2013/2014: £715,070

2014 Percentage change from last available data: 38%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords:

2011/2012: £40,156

2012/2013: £41,920

2013/2014: £58,126

2014 Percentage change from last available data: 32%

Department of Health:

2011/2012: £198,135

2012/2013: £132,605

2013/2014: £188,326

2014 Percentage change from last available data: 35%

Department for Culture, Media and Sport:

2011/2012: No data

2012/2013: No data

2013/2014: £247,506

2014 Percentage change from last available data: N/A

 

Number of positions advertised, average time taken to fill positions and percentage of positions filled in 2013/14 financial year by department:

Note: “Total positions open” figure includes internal and external positions except for Department for Education, which is only external

Attorney General’s Office:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 12

Average time to fill position (months): 3.92

Percentage of positions filled: 100%

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 812

Average time to fill position (months): N/A

Percentage of positions filled: N/A

Department for Communities and Local Government:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 219

Average time to fill position (months): N/A

Percentage of positions filled: 89.04%

Department for Culture, Media & Sport:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 84

Average time to fill position (months): 3.10

Percentage of positions filled: 48.81%

Department for Education:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 79

Average time to fill position (months): 3.42

Percentage of positions filled: 97.47%

Department of Energy & Climate Change:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 663

Average time to fill position (months): N/A

Percentage of positions filled: 97.89%

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 334

Average time to fill position (months): N/A

Percentage of positions filled: 56.89%

Department of Health:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 116

Average time to fill position (months): 4

Percentage of positions filled: 79.31%

Home Office:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 6170

Average time to fill position (months): N/A

Percentage of positions filled: 52.43%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 74

Average time to fill position (months): 1.55

Percentage of positions filled: 90.54%

Northern Ireland Office:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 24

Average time to fill position (months): 3.8

Percentage of positions filled: 91.67%

Department for Work and Pensions:

Total positions open in 2013/14: 1315

Average time to fill position (months): 2.54

Percentage of positions filled: 59.47%

Bullhorn’s international MD Peter Linas says: “The results provide a fascinating insight into Whitehall’s recruitment efforts. We were shocked by some of the time-to-fill and percentage of positions filled figures posted by the ministerial departments. The fact the Department for Culture, Media & Sport has a fill rate of less than 50 per cent for example, and took an average of three months to find the right candidates for its open roles, is surprising.

“Recruiters reported average time-to-fill periods for their agencies ranged from six to 46 days in our UK trends report this year, depending on whether they were fulfilling temporary or executive placements – we shouldn’t be seeing waiting periods of up to four months before departments find the right candidates. Even though only three per cent of UK agencies considered time-to-fill their most important metric last year, it will certainly be important to these ministerial departments and there is clearly room for improvement. The agencies most effectively pooling their candidate databases and social media networks will triumph in future, as well maintained applicant tracking systems and CRMs provide recruiters with quality candidates in a time efficient manner.”

Appendix one

Department for work and Pensions

Ministry of Justice

Department for International Development

Home Office

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

 

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