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Government departments taking up to 4 months to fill vacancies, research finds

Department

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014 Percentage Change (from last available data set)

Attorney General’s Office

&pound25,280

No response

&pound0

-100%

Cabinet Office

&pound63,050

&pound253,463

&pound225,331

-12%

Department for Education

&pound108,231

&pound383,291

&pound317,926

-19%

Department of Energy & Climate Change

&pound222,000

&pound553,000

&pound836,000

41%

Her Majesty’s Treasury

&pound235,000

&pound333,000

&pound264,327

-23%

Department for Transport

&pound87,984 (average across DfT agencies)

&pound102,926 (average across DfT agencies)

&pound58,055

(Department for Transport Central only)

-56%

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

&pound464,114

&pound487,689

&pound715,070

38%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

&pound40,156

&pound41,920

&pound58,126

32%

Department of Health

&pound198,135

&pound132,605

&pound188,326

35%

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

No data

No data

&pound247,506

N/A

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

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

Departments

Total positions open in 2013/14 (internal external except DfE which is only external)

Average (mean) time to fill position (months)

Percentage of positions filled

Attorney General’s Office

12

3.92

100%

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

812

Not available

Not provided

Department for Communities and Local Government

219

Not available

89.04%

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

84

3.10

48.81%

Department for Education

79

3.42

97.47%

Department of Energy & Climate Change

663

Not available

97.89%

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

334

Not available

56.89%

Department of Health

116

4

79.31%

Home Office

6170

Not available

52.43%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

74

1.55

90.54%

Northern Ireland Office

24

3.8

91.67%

Department for Work and Pensions

1315

2.54

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.” 

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