HC Deb 08 September 2004 vol 424 cc1314-5W
Mr. Dodds

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recruitment exercises for Grade 5 civil servants have been undertaken in Northern Ireland in the last two years; who carried them out; and what the cost was in each case. [186020]

Mr. Pearson

In 2002–03, 13 competitions were run to fill vacancies at Grade 5 level. 12 competitions were run in 2003–04. All were carried out by the Recruitment Service of the Department of Finance and Personnel.

The total cost (including notional staff costs, advertising and travel and subsistence charges) for each competition is listed in the following tables.

During 2003–04 a generic Grade 5 level competition was begun to fill vacancies across the NICS. This was carried out by Price water house Coopers LLP on behalf of DFP. In accordance with Part 2, paragraph 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (Third party's commercial confidences), it would be inappropriate to disclose the cost of this competition.

Competition Department Total costs (£)
Head of Finance and EU Division SC/1/04 DETI/DARD 10,393
Deputy Director, Construction and Advisory Division SC/10/03 DFP 9,543
Chief Executive, BDS SC/11/03 DFP 13,653
Director of Estates Development SC/13/03 DHSSPS 8,356
Director of Business Development SC/16/03 SSA 8,488
Director E-government SC/12/03 OFMDFM 21,390
Head of Resource Allocation Division SC/17/03 DE 7,938
Senior Economist SC/18/03 DFP/DETI 27,117
Assistant Solicitor SC/8/03 DFP 8,735
Deputy Director—Supplies and Services Division SC/9/03 DFP 7,933
Head of Equal Opportunities and Appointments Division SC/3/04 DFP 23,104
Director of Personnel, SSA SC/5/04 DSD 19,715

Mr. Dodds

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been appointed to a Grade 5 post in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in the past two years. [186021]

Mr. Pearson

23 appointments were made at Grade 5 level during 2002–03 and 11 appointments made during 2003–04.

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