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Seventy-two percent of Government vacancies remain unfilled

Government departments see fall in recrutiment spend in 2014/15

Ministerial departments in the UK failed to fill 72 percent of vacancies in 2014/15, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by the leading cloud-based CRM provider, Bullhorn.

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.

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A fall in 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 percent 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 £222,000 £553,000 £836,000 £724,697 -13.31%
Department for Education £108,231 £383,291 £317,926 £241,445 -24.06%
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Not available Not available Not available £266,102 NA
Department of Health £198,135 £132,605 £188,326 £172,208 -8.56%
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Not available Not available Not available £467,939 NA
Northern Ireland Office Not available Not available Not available £5,919 NA
UK Export Finance Not available Not available Not available £263,206 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 percent, is really quite shocking.

“There’s certainly room for improvement. According to our UK trends report this 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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Ministerial departments in the UK failed to fill 72 percent of vacancies in 2014/15, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by the leading cloud-based CRM provider, Bullhorn. 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. Attention Recruiters See Live Jobs on SplitFee.org – Don’t Miss Out It's FREE if you Join Now! A fall in recruitment spend is a trend witnessed across several ministerial departments, with the Department for Education and the Department…

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