Schools ‘wasting’ £100m a year on recruitment costs – surely it hasn’t taken this long for Gershon to be proved right?

eteach, the UK’s leading education recruitment specialist, has hired a PR agency to inform its stakeholders that schools are wasting as much as £100m every year on recruitment costs – costs that could be drastically cut if employers streamlined their existing recruitment practices by migrating it online. While I agree that eteach is right to highlight this it astounds me is that schools are continuing to disregard the recommendations that were outlined in the Gershon Review in 2004.

Sir Peter Gershon was asked by the Government to identify ways in which public sector organisations could increase efficiency and make savings of £21bn over four years. And the streamlining of recruitment was one of the main areas highlighted.

In practice this meant shedding some 80,000 public sector jobs while raising standards in HR, moving away from the procurement of recruitment services from external consultancies, and reducing the amount spent on recruitment advertising in favour of online opportunities – both internal and external websites. So why is £100m still being wasted?

The number of specialist education recruitment consultancies operating throughout the UK is on the up with a significant number of employers (i.e. schools and colleges) heavily reliant upon temporary workers. So from this perspective one can see where the £100m is being spent.

The question is, how can a school, for example, get the staff they sorely need at short notice whilst by-passing the need to use a recruitment consultancy? Of course, there are numerous opportunities that are advertised in advance and for these types of vacancies the internet is by far the most effective and cost-effective method of recruitment.

However, as much as I am a proponent of the internet – after all I have made my living writing for job boards for several years – it won’t help a head teacher who needs a supply teacher at 2 hours notice.

So it will be interesting to see how eteach will approach this in their new PR campaign.

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CareerMatters was founded as part of MacKenzie-Cummins Communications in 2006 by Paul MacKenzie-Cummins MICG (Member Institute of Careers Guidance), regarded as one of the UK's leading career's advice and guidance writers and specialist PR consultant for the UK recruitment industry. Since 2006 Paul has been the leading advice writer for and - the two biggest careers website in the world -tackling all aspects of workplace and management issues, job seeking, career change and hiring trends. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 his writing contributed to Monster winning the Best Employment Advice on the Internet Award for an unprecedented three times beating the likes of The Guardian, Learn Direct and Personnel Today on each occasion. And his work was a runner-up for the same award in 2009. In 2009 Paul was a nominee in the prestigious HR Journalist of the Year Award and Recruitment, Retention & Motivation Journalist of the Year Award. Paul has been commissioned to write more than 500 careers advice and guidance articles for a number of lpublications, from regional and national newspapers to industry publications and various career-specific websites in the UK and USA. Recently, Paul was the Technical Editor for career psychologist Dr Rob Yeung's Job Hunting & Career Change for Dummies (John Wiley & Son, 2007). Dr Yeung is better known as the TV psychologist for Channel 4's Big Brother and the BBC's Who Would Hire You? series. Clients include: MSN Careers (Europe) TheLadders TotalJobs IntaPeople Recruitment Lifetracks/YouthNET MediaSalesJobs The Press Gazette

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