Public Appointments: Regulation, Recruitment and Pay
HC 1389, Fourteenth Report of Session 2010-12 - Report and Appendices, Together with Formal Minutes and Oral Evidence
- House of Commons - Public Administration Select Committee
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'Public Appointments: Regulation, Recruitment and Pay (HC 1389)' forms the Committee's response to Sir David Normington's consultation on reforming the regulation of public appointments, and looks at further issues relating to the recruitment and pay of public appointees.
The Committee welcomes the broad thrust of Sir David Normington's proposed reforms, including:
the proposal to streamline the existing Code for Public Appointments;
to adopt a lighter touch in regulating the public appointments process;
his commitment to broadening genuine diversity in public appointments; and
the establishment of a government Centre of Excellence for public appointments, which would have the expertise to widen the pool of candidates applying for vacancies.
The Public Appointments Commissioner, however, should be given a new remit to review Departmental appraisal systems, to ensure that underperformance by appointees is consistently addressed and that appointees who are not up to the mark are not reappointed.
Given their cost to the taxpayer, the Government should reduce the use of recruitment consultants for appointments to public bodies. Substantial savings could be made through utilising and developing the capabilities of existing human resources units in Government Departments and through the establishment of a Centre of Excellence.
There is concern that the post of manager of top talent in Whitehall (Director General for Civil Service Capability) has effectively been abolished and its functions dispersed. This post should be re-established.
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