Monday, 9 June 2008

Welsh Assembly Government Recruitment

Having worked in Human Resources, I always take a keen interest in what still goes on in the world of recruitment. Given that this is a blog about Welsh politics, thought I'd show you what a generic Welsh Assembly Government recruitment advertisement looks like.

Different people.
Same values.

Aiming to be the best public sector organisation in Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government lives by its values of delivering results, valuing people and achieving excellence by mainstreaming equality and embracing difference through a diverse workforce. We are particularly committed to improving representation of women, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people at every level of the organisation and would welcome applications from all sections of the community so that we can be more representative of the people whom we serve.

When vacancies arise they will be posted on our website or visit your local job centre. Alternatively contact the Recruitment Team on 02920 821580.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups.

In reality, most of the vacancies that arise cover the lower end of the job market, are Welsh-speaking, or are technical in nature, which is a far cry from reaching out to all sections of the community.

The opening paragraph also raises eyebrows to a higher-level than usual. Does anyone remember the following posts?

  1. Inequality at the Assembly
  2. Pay and pension can be a lottery
  3. Merthyr Tydfil Office: First Anniversary Propaganda
  4. Assembly Senior Civil Servant Accused
  5. AMs Question Internal Inquiry by the Civil Service
  6. Assembly Government: A bad week in the life of those in charge
  7. Fresh Review by Assembly's Top Civil Servant
  8. Assembly civil servant resigns, but what about the inquiry?
  9. A mild form of state control
  10. No Dignity at Work: procedures were reasonable under the circumstance


jmb 12 June 2008 at 21:55  

Hi Pippa,
Recently we had a vote in Blogpower on various issues. We did not hear from you in this regard and since one of the questions was asking the members to reconfirm their membership in Blogpower, could you please do so by emailing JMB at We are using this method of communication since we want to be sure to reach you and perhaps the spam filter ate the other emails. Regards jmb.

Miss Wagstaff 13 June 2008 at 15:35  

Thanks JMB. Email sent today.

Ben 13 June 2008 at 15:41  

Is there any recruitment going on after all the surplus staff that exist in their so-called 'pools'?

Anonymous 19 June 2008 at 18:09  

Ben said, "Is there any recruitment going on after all the surplus staff that exist in their so-called 'pools'?"

Only for menial jobs and when there's a need to 'promote one of their own' (cough cough)

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