Spending on Job Advertising

Richard Jackson made this Freedom of Information request to Belfast City Council

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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir or Madam,

For each for the last three years, could you please detail how much Belfast City Council has spent on advertising job
vacancies, broken down by the location in which those ads were placed (i.e. newspaper or website name, etc.), as well as a summary (per year) of the total number of positions advertised and ads placed. If separate costs were incurred for design or other expenses related to the advertising process, please also detail those.

Yours faithfully,


Gail McLarnon, Belfast City Council

Dear Mr Jackson,

Thank you for your email of 5 July 2008 (see below) in respect of the
council's spend on job advertisements over the past 3 years. I have taken
your reference to the last three years to mean the last three completed
financial years.

I can confirm that Belfast City Council does hold the information you
have requested and has decided that it can be disclosed. Accordingly
this information is provided below.

The total cost of jobs advertised between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2008
was £707, 400.

A break-down in terms of these costs, for the 3 years, is as follows:

(i) 2005/2006 - Belfast Telegraph: £89,724; Newsletter: £55,818;
Irish News: £40,333; Professional Horticulture Journal: £6,800
= £192,675

Within this time period, there were 25 job advertisements, advertising 125
job titles and 244 posts.

(ii) 2006/2007 - Belfast Telegraph: £112,596; Newsletter: £75,744; Irish
News: £51,290; Professional Voluntary Sector, Modern Building Services
and Security Management Journals: £7,335; The Hub, Careers for Leaders
and Total Jobs Websites: £1375 = £248,340

Within this time period, there were 35 job advertisements, advertising
112 job titles and 194 posts

(iii) 2007/2008 - Belfast Telegraph: £121,044; Newsletter: £85,861;
Irish News: £59,480 = £266,385

Within this time period, there were 29 job advertisements, advertising
135 job titles and 261 posts

I would also confirm that no separate costs were incurred during this time
in respect of design or other expenses relating to the job advertising

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information, you have the right to request that the council formally
review this decision. If you wish to do so, please write to the Records
Manager, Belfast City Council, Adelaide Exchange, 24-26 Adelaide Street,
Belfast, BT2 8GD.

Should you remain dissatisfied following the council*s internal review,
you can seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner.
Requests for an independent review should be made in writing to: The
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
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If you have any queries about this email, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

I should also be very grateful if you would confirm receipt of this email.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Gail McLarnon

Senior HR Advisor

Corporate Services Department

Belfast City Council

4-10 Linenhall Street



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Richard Jackson

Dear Gail,

I confirm receipt of your response to my request. Thank you for providing this information.