How long can successful candidate defer taking up a post

National Library of Scotland Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Sir or Madam,

How many times in the last three years (from todays date) have successful interview candidates been able to defer taking up a post with the organisation for more than one month? Can the figures be broken down into periods of: 1-6 months; 6-12 months; 13 months or more.

Can you also tell me if there is an upper limit on how long your organisation is willing to allow someone to defer taking up a post.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Smith

Graeme, National Library of Scotland

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In responding to another request I noticed that this was still
outstanding. I replied to this request on 25 March 2009 using the
only contact address that I had, and received a message failure. In
the original request it had not stated that in order to reply I
needed to log in to the What do they know website. Here is the
response that I tried to send over a year ago. Attached is the
original request and the message failure email that I received. I
am sorry that you did not receive the response within the time
frame, and hope that this response and explanation is of some use:

Dear Ian Smith,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which the Library
received on 3 March 2009. In your request you asked for the
following information:

"How many times in the last three years (from todays date) have
successful interview candidates been able to defer taking up a post
with the organisation for more than one month? Can the figures be
broken down into periods of: 1-6 months; 6-12 months; 13 months or
more. Can you also tell me if there is an upper limit on how long
your organisation is willing to allow someone to defer taking up a
post"

In response to your request I must first respond by saying that we
cannot provide access to the information that you have requested
because we do not hold it. We have no statistical record on the
length of time candidates defer taking up their post. There may
well have been instances in the last three years where it took
longer than one month for a person to start work after having been
successful in interview. However, the delay between being offered
the job and starting in the post is a factor of a number of things,
most importantly the need for the successful candidate to clear
through the Disclosure process, and the need for the candidate to
complete any notice period with their existing employer. A start
date is usually agreed mutually between the Library and the
successful candidate, and we have no official upper limit on how
long we would allow someone to defer taking up a post. Anecdotally,
the Human Resource staff could not recall anyone having asked for
anything particularly unusual regarding the start date involved in
the taking up of a new post over the last three years, and this may
be why there is no official policy, and why there are no
statistical records. It would seem that in the last three years,
and likely over a much longer period of time, candidates start in
the post as soon as they are able to once they have fulfilled their
other commitments and once the Disclosure process has completed.

I am sorry that we could not provide more in the way of statistical
information, but hope that this reply is helpful all the same. The
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act provides a framework for
further assistance in your request. If you are dissatisfied with
this response, you may ask the Library to conduct a review of this
decision. To do this, please contact me in writing (including by
fax, letter or email) or in some other recorded form (e.g. audio or
video tape), describe the original request, explain your grounds
for dissatisfaction, and include an address for correspondence. You
have 40 working days from receipt of this letter to submit a review
request. When the review process has been completed, if you are
still dissatisfied, you may ask the Scottish Information
Commissioner to intervene. My contact details are:

Graeme Hawley Corporate Information Officer National Library of
Scotland George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EW 0131 623 3844