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Recruitment

Recruitment activity in the Public Service has dropped by 9.7% to 7,723 new employees in the 12 months to 30 June 2015, as shown in Table 3.7. About 36% of the new recruits were on fixed-term employment agreements. In the total Public Service workforce the proportion of fixed-term staff has decreased to 7.0%, from 8.4% in 2014.

Table 3.7 New employees, June year 2011-2015
 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Number of new employees

7,357

7,865

8,679

8,550

7,723

Proportion on fixed-term

43%

40%

39%

39%

36%

The Better Administrative and Support Services (BASS) programme has identified recruiting employees as an expensive HR process. Larger agencies have more efficient recruitment processes than small agencies because of the advantages of scale. The decrease in recruitment in 2015 was due to lower gross turnover (refer to Chapter 5) in the workforce, which impacts on total recruitment costs.

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