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House of Commons reveals 40% increase in overall recruitment costs

House of Commons reveals 40% increase in overall recruitment costs
 
Spend on response handling, testing and website maintenance up by over 160%
 
According to figures revealed in a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request, submitted by recruitment software specialist Bullhorn, House of Commons recruitment costs increased by 40% in the last financial year. The 435,073 spent in 2009/10, rose to 608,314 in 2010/11. Details on changes to costs can be seen in the table below: 

2009/2010

2010/2011

Advertising costs

144,971

126,581

Staff costs

198,695

243,535

Other recruitment costs

91,407

238,198

TOTAL

435,073

608,314
Peter Linas, Bullhorns EMEA MD, comments on the increase: The recent transition in UK government can go some way towards explaining a 40% increase in recruitment costs, as departments are restructured and new personnel are required. However, the 160% spend increase on items such as response handling, testing and website maintenance is of greater concern in an age of cloud-based recruitment software solutions.
 
The House of Commons needs to look to the private sector for examples of recruitment best practice, and consider introducing more efficient customer relationship management processes, and maximizing its use of social media to reach the best candidates, in order to minimize recruitment administration spend.

Press 2011The FOI request also revealed the House of Lords recruitment spend in 2010/11 as 45,248, which included 30,800 for one full time member of staff to manage vacancies advertised over the period.

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