Recruitment agencies could teach Whitehall a thing or two about the urgency of filling a vacancy after it emerged that some ministerial departments in the UK are taking up to four months to fill some posts.

Recruitment software company Bullhorn found that, for example, the Department for Work and Pensions had 1,315 positions open in the 2013/14 year and took an average mean time of 2.5 months to fill its vacancies.

The Department of Health with 116 vacancies took an average of four months to fill its positions, while the Dept of Education with 79 slots took 3.42 months on average. The Home Office, with 6,170 vacancies in the period did not provide an average time-to-fill period.

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