Despite the challenges faced by the public sector in sustaining its workforce, it seems that many agencies do not have adequate recruitment policies and procedures in place. A recent Australian National Audit Office report found that nearly half of Federal agencies don't have the policies, structures or frameworks in place to meet their workforce requirements for the next five years.
In the report, Management of Recruitment in the Australian Public Service, the ANAO estimated that the direct costs associated with APS recruitment in 2006-07 were $370 million.
Amongst the recommendations made in the Audit report are that the APS and agencies should:
- Identify key capability gaps
- Develop a training needs analysis
- Establish timeframes for completing recruitment processes
- Develop a performance management tool to benchmark recruitment
Intermedium's research shows that the Federal Government ICT Labour Hire market (including contract staff and recruitment services), grew significantly during the 2006-07 financial year, however the value of Labour Hire contracts declined in the second half of 2007. Click here for more information about Intermedium's Labour Hire report.
A recent issue of The Medium, highlighted a trend towards implementation of e-recruitment systems within the APS. IP Australia recently announced a tender for an eRecruitment system.