Seventy-two percent of Government vacancies remain unfilled

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.

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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