Working with the Recruitment Principles.

On 15th January the Commission held an online session with over 100 recruitment managers and team leaders across the Civil Service on working with the Recruitment Principles.

The Commission's Recruitment Principles document is the key source for departments and agencies making appointments. They set out the Commission's interpretation of the statutory requirement of appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. 

The Principles also outline the circumstances in which appointments may be made as exceptions to the merit requirement.

The Principles are intentionally high level. It is for departments and agencies to develop and apply recruitment processes that best meet their business needs, while following the Principles.

The online session included a short presentation from Commissioners Jane Burgess and Rosie Glazebrook, followed by Q and A. 

Jane Burgess said: ‘I’d really like to thank all those who attended; it was great to have over 100 participants. We want to demystify the role of the Commission and help Civil Service recruiting managers and team leaders feel more confident about developing innovative campaigns that maintain the important principle of appointment on merit after a fair and open competition.“

Rosie Glazebrook said: “There were some great questions from participants. I hope everyone who attended found the session useful and informative. We’ll be running another session later this year but in the meantime our staff are always happy to help with any queries about working with the Principles.”

If you would like to know more about the Recruitment Principles or you are interested in attending a future event, please email us:  info@csc.gov.uk

Please watch the full recording of the event below:



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