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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Gov seeks external support for "exceptional" recruitment demands

Wednesday 11 May 2022

The Government is hoping to ‘buy in’ external support to assist with the recruitment of new staff due to limited capacity in its own HR department.

A Government spokesperson said they currently have a "significant" number of vacancies across their Infrastructure, Housing and Environment (IHE) department but their HR team does not have the "capacity" to support the recruitment process.

As a result, they are seeking external help to recruit, onboard and train new personnel. 

The Government told Express the vacancies had "built up for a variety of reasons", including people taking up other jobs on or off-island, but that retirements were a "main driver".


Pictured: The Government's Regulation directorate says they currently have an 'exceptional level of recruitment' with 45 posts either vacant or in active recruitment. 

The Regulation Directorate, which is part of IHE and responsible for areas such as Planning, Driver and Vehicle Standards, and Environmental and Consumer Protection, currently has 45 vacancies. 

“Some of these jobs are also new and respond to significant new pressures being felt in Regulation, especially around response following Brexit, construction, food and plant regulations and enforcement complaints,” they said.  

The directorate was awarded two growth bids under the Government Plan 2022–2025 for the purposes of Brexit and Regulatory Improvement.


Pictured: The tender was submitted by the Regulation directorate, which is led by Group Director Kelly Whitehead. 

In a tender published on the Government of Jersey Tender Portal, they wrote: “This is an exceptional level of recruitment and managers are unable to provide the resources needed to recruit, onboard and train this level of personnel at the same time, manage existing teams and continue to provide critical services for the island.” 

“The Government’s People Services Team does not have the capacity to deal with this request, hence we are looking to buy in resources,” a spokesperson added. 

The tender is only open to businesses registered in Jersey and the HR contract is estimated to last almost 7 months.  

The Government of Jersey did not comment when asked the budgeted cost of using a third-party provider to conduct this recruitment exercise, but said that: "Monies will be found using the already agreed Regulatory Improvement bid in the Government plan.

"Some of this will be used to unlock the spending on finding people."


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Posted by Keith Marsh on
It just goes to show how bad our Civil Service is after Parker.
All the VERY senior Directors and Heads of Departments cannot interview, recruit and control a training plan, they should resign their posts.
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