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72% of Government vacancies remain unfilled

Bullhorn requested information on total recruitment spend in the financial year 2014/15 from all 24 government ministerial departments. It also requested information on the number of advertised vacancies in the last financial year, and the percentage filled.

A fallin recruitment spend is a trend witnessed across several ministerial departments, with the Department for Education and the Department for Energy & Climate Change registering a 24 and 13% decrease respectively.

The results are as follows:

Recruitment spend in 2014/15 financial year

Department

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

Percentage Change (from last available data set)

Department for Energy & Climate Change

&pound222,000

&pound553,000

&pound836,000

&pound724,697

-13.31%

Department for Education

&pound108,231

&pound383,291

&pound317,926

&pound241,445

-24.06%

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Not available

Not available

Not available

&pound266,102

NA

Department of Health

&pound198,135

&pound132,605

&pound188,326

&pound172,208

-8.56%

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Not available

Not available

Not available

&pound467,939

NA

Northern Ireland Office

Not available

Not available

Not available

&pound5,919

NA

UK Export Finance

Not available

Not available

Not available

&pound263,206

NA

Number of positions advertised, number of positions filled and percentage of positions filled in 2014/15 financial year

Departments

Total positions open in 2014/2015

Total positions filled in 2014/2015

Percentage of positions filled

Attorney General's Office

20

16

80%

Department for Communities & Local Government

346

200

58%

Department for Energy & Climate Change

617

Not available

Not available

Department for Education

787

470

60%

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

58

53

91%

Department for Work & Pensions

7,067

1,518

21%

Department of Health

80

73

91%

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

74 (excluding internships)

3

4%

Northern Ireland Office

18

18

100%

Scotland Office

1

1

100%

UK Export Finance

48

45

94%

Commenting on the results, Bullhorn’s international MD Peter Linas says, “The results show very diverse recruitment patterns across each of the departments. The fact the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has a fill rate of just four percent and the Department for Work & Pensions 21%, is really quite shocking. 

“There’s certainly room for improvement. According to our UK trends reportthis year, the top sources of qualified candidates in 2014 were existing candidates from recruitment CRMs and social media. So recruiters serving the public sector really need to make sure they are making the most of the technology available to them to find the most appropriate candidates for these roles.”

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