New toolkit supports innovative recruitment processes

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A new toolkit has been released to support managers run innovative recruitment processes that attract the best possible people into the public sector.
Hiring Managers’ Toolkit

The Hiring Managers’ Toolkit has resources and information set out under the 4 phases of a recruitment process – plan, attract, assess and select, and appoint.

Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill said the toolkit could be used to make the recruitment process more efficient and effective as well as provide a more positive and inclusive experience for candidates.

“In 2020-21 there were 19,000 advertisements created on JobsWA, attracting 270,000 applications,” Ms O’Neill said.

“This is a huge investment of time and resources across agencies. The toolkit has ideas and opportunities to innovate and get the best possible results from this work.

“It’s currently a very competitive labour market so we want agencies to present employment opportunities in a way that attracts diverse and highly capable candidates.”

When undertaking recruitment processes, hiring managers in the sector need to adhere to the standards and principles in section 8 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994

As a guide, this includes that:

  • decisions must be made on merit – there must be a proper assessment of candidates’ skills, knowledge abilities and previous experience
  • decisions must be equitable – impartial and free from bias, nepotism and patronage
  • decisions are transparent and can be reviewed
  • there is no unlawful discrimination against people seeking employment.

The resources and information in the toolkit satisfy these requirements while giving hiring managers ideas about how to think differently to get the right people for their jobs.

The toolkit provides clearer direction and information while recruitment policy and practices are being reviewed.

Page reviewed 29 November 2021