Developing and implementing competence‐based recruitment and selection in a social services department – A case study of West Sussex County Council

David Farnham (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Amanda Stevens (West Sussex County Council, Chichester, West Sussex, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 1 July 2000

Abstract

This article reports and evaluates how a traditional approach to recruitment and selection in the Social Services Department of West Sussex County Council was superseded by a competency‐based approach. The authors discuss the impacts of external and internal changes on the local authority and the need to develop less subjective and more effective methods of recruitment and selection, at all levels. After describing and reviewing existing practices, they outline the results of an internal research investigation involving managers and personnel and training specialists. The research participants acknowledged the limitations of the existing recruitment and selection practices and recognised the need for a more competence‐based approach. This was clearly an important stage in the change process which the authors proceed to describe. Here, they highlight the key role of training and relationship‐building between line managers and personnel specialists. Examples are provided of traditional and competence‐based job descriptions, person specifications and forms of assessment. The authors conclude that the new system fits well into the department’s overall human resources strategy for improving workplace performance and reducing workplace conflict.

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Citation

Farnham, D. and Stevens, A. (2000), "Developing and implementing competence‐based recruitment and selection in a social services department – A case study of West Sussex County Council", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 369-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550010350562

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MCB UP Ltd

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