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House of Commons outsourced recruitment spend on the rise

House of Commons’ outsourced recruitment spend on the rise

Figures indicate increasing use of recruitment agencies

House of Lords wage bill tops &pound14 million in 2011/12

The House of Commons is spending more on recruitment agencies, according to recruitment software specialist Bullhorn. Over 60 per cent of the HoC’s total spend for 2011/2012 is dedicated to recruitment costs, which includes recruitment agency fees. The funds were diverted from staff costs and the advertisement of vacancies (down by 19 per cent and 55 per cent respectively from 2010/11 levels).

Details on these changes, revealed in a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request, can be seen in the table below:




Advertising costs



Staff costs



Other recruitment costs






The figures show that although the total spend on recruitment has only risen by ten per cent since the 2010/2011 financial year, & lsquo;Other recruitment costs’ have seen a 75 per cent increase.

Bullhorn’s EMEA MD, Peter Linas, feels the increased outsourcing of recruitment is a natural reaction to the expertise in the sector and the increased use of social media: “A specialist recruiter draws from a wealth of contacts, resources and experience that smaller internal recruitment departments lack. Bullhorn’s recruitment software provides a platform specifically for recruiters, and our social media tool, Bullhorn Reach, is used by over 90,000 of them worldwide.

“One of the trends of 2012/13 will be the increased use of social media for recruitment. Agencies are starting to manage the social networks as recruiters come to terms with which ones are the most successful for recruiting in specific sectors and general social media best practice. One hundred per cent of recruiters we recently surveyed in EMEA claim they use social media – primarily Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin – to fill jobs, and 66 per cent noted they also used it to source new clients. We suspect the increase in recruitment agency spend in the Commons is linked to the rise of social media.”

Recruitment spend for the House of Lords fell &pound5,000 to &pound40,633 which consisted of &pound25,308 dedicated to & lsquo;website maintenance’ and &pound15,325 to & lsquo;advertising’. This year’s request also revealed that the total House of Commons spend on temporary staff was &pound3,216,057 and &pound412,279 in the House of Lords. The upper house also revealed that it spent &pound14,309,725 on wages in the 2011/12 financial year.


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