Breakdown of accountant in bankruptcy recruitment: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. How many new permanent hires joined your organisation in 2022?

2. How many new permanent hires came through external providers in 2022?

3. How many team members work in your Recruitment Team?

4. What is your time to hire from adverting to onboarding?

5. What was your attrition rate in 2022?

6. What is your average cost per hire (including attraction and screening) in 2022?

7. How much did you spend with external providers of permanent recruitment in 2022?

8. How many unique agency contractors/temps/interims did you use in 2022?

9. How much did you spend on agency contractors/temps/interims in 2022?

10. Are you meeting your diversity targets? (yes or no)

11. How many candidates applied for roles in 2022? What is your candidate drop-out rate?

12. Which systems do you use for your permanent recruitment process?


1 Eleven permanent hires joined the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) in 2022.

2 No hires came through an external provider. All permanent hires were recruited through fair and open competition, in line with the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles. These can be found at Recruitment Principles - Civil Service Commission (

3 AiB does not have a recruitment team. Team managers are responsible for recruitment for their team.

4 Currently, the time taken between the advert being posted and a conditional offer being made is 65 days. This is an average figure for external recruitment campaigns, which are open to everyone to apply for. The average time taken from advert being posted to a candidate starting in post, taking into account notice periods and pre-employment checks is 103 days.

5. All permanent hires who joined AiB in 2022 are still employed.

6. We are unable to provide this information, advertising costs are paid from a central Scottish Government budget and this could not be split between specific business areas.

7. No external providers were used during 2022.

8. No agency contractors / temps / interims were employed by AiB in 2022.

9. Nil.

10. AiB does not set diversity targets. We conform to the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles and hold all permanent recruitment through fair and open competition.

11. AiB received 403 applications for posts in 2022 of which 105 were withdrawn either by the candidate, or they did not attend their interview. This equates to 40%.

12. The system used is ICIMS (Internet Collaborative Information Management Systems) applicant tracking system. For our pre-employment security checks we use Amiqus.

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