Staff Selection

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-03-27
Session date: 
March 27, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0159
Question By: 
Eric Ollerenshaw
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Does the Mayor believe that all staff should undergo a fair selection process?

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Answer

Answer for Staff Selection

Answer for Staff Selection

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, generally employment law, equal opportunity policies and good human resources practice dictate that a fair recruitment and selection process should always apply. However if the question is about whether every job vacancy should always be advertised to ensure fairness that is not a blanket policy I can support. There are times, for example in reorganisations or if there is a risk of redundancy where it is proper to protect the interests of existing staff by considering them first for suitable jobs that arise. The important principle for me is to always appoint on merit ie ensuring that who ever is selected has the proper qualifications to do the job and that their suitability has been genuinely assessed. .