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Call for evidence on closed recruitment practices in the public sector

The Government has issued a call for evidence on ‘Closed recruitment practices in the public sector’. The document highlights that it is more common in the public sector for employers to only use internal, or ‘closed’, recruitment practices, focusing exclusively on those candidates already employed in the organisation and limiting opportunities for others. This call for evidence is to gather information on the prevalence of internal only recruitment in the public sector, including whether it is ever ineffectively or inappropriately used. Views are also sought on the role for Government in promoting more open recruitment, i.e. recruitment in which the employer seeks and invites applications from the open market so as to gain access to a wider talent pool and allow organisations to benefit from new influences, skills and expertise.

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