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While most multi-vacancy campaigns are to support a single Department’s hiring ambitions, this multi-vacancy SCS DDaT campaign would instead support four Departments: FCDO, ONS, MOD and Cabinet Office. The multi-Departmental approach was led centrally by the Profession and CDDO following the move of the DDaT Capabilities portfolio out of GDS.
Our position as a trusted DDaT recruitment specialist facilitated our award of such an exciting and ground-breaking recruitment campaign, where pace and quality would be paramount to success.
To ensure consistency across all roles, CDDO approved set pay arrangements. For instance, at SCS1, a base salary of £85,000 was available with an additional non-pensionable Pivotal Role Allowance of up to £35,000 available. This pay arrangement allowed vacancies to be advertised at “up to £120,000”, while also ensuring compliance with Civil Service pay and award rules for existing Civil Servants. During the planning phase for the campaign, our confidence and knowledge of Civil Service recruitment principles, as well as broader market knowledge of salaries available in other parts of the public sector and indeed the private sector, was utilised to ensure we had an attractive proposition to take to market.
Each of the four Departments supported during the Cross-Government recruitment campaign had multiple office locations for their vacancies. The FCDO has locations in London and East Kilbride; the ONS has London, Fareham, Darlington and Newport; the MOD has London and Corsham; and the Cabinet Office has London, Manchester and Bristol. For all roles recruited to, we ensured proactive candidate searching was undertaken for each available location (and surrounding commutable areas), while our suite of adverts would also align to specific locations.
All SCS1 vacancies were successfully recruited to, with 3 of the 7 appointed from outside of the sector. Each shortlist contained gender and ethnicity diversity, locations recruited to included London, East Kilbride and Corsham. 2 of the 8 campaigns had more than one appointable candidate, 2 campaigns also had Disability Confident Scheme applicants scored appointable, and 2 vacancies were filled by Veteran Scheme applicants.
The success of our work with the FCDO in particular subsequently led to 4 further SCS1 DDaT appointments, with additional recruitment campaigns awarded under mini-competition.
This was an ambitious plan for CDDO to brigade an SCS recruitment campaign across 4 Departments. With hindsight, there should have been better knowledge sharing between these Departments, with all SCS1 Data roles recruited to at the same time rather than at different intervals, for example. Nevertheless, we were delighted to have recruited at pace at a challenging time in the recruitment market.
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