Expenses paid to external organisations for advertising vacant firefighters or FRS staff roles-18161

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A request for information about expenses paid to external organisations for advertising vacant firefighters or FRS staff roles-18161

Ref: FOI/18161


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 12th November 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


  1. Whether the Fire and Rescue Service ‘the service’ pays any external organisations to advertise vacant firefighter or FRS staff roles on their website.
  2. For a list of websites / organisations the service uses to advertise firefighter or FRS staff roles (excel format) and how much each website/organisation received from the service in the three most recent financial years
    If no money was paid to advertise the roles, please indicate this on the spreadsheet.


This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requester. Information concerning our expenses paid to external organisations for advertising vacant firefighters or FRS staff roles can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:


To down load the data please choose an year, once the excel spreadsheet has been downloaded choose an month, then highlight the top row of the sheet and then from the “data” option on top of screen choose “filter” option, from “Expenditure Category” column choose “Indirect Employee Expenses, from the “CIPFA detailed expenditure type” column choose “Recruitment and Assessment of Uniformed Staff” and the required information will show.


  1. For an email address and contact information for the HR department or relevant department responsible for publishing and promoting vacancies within the service.Note: Everything in this FOI relates to the financial years 2015/16 to 2017/18. If the cost limit exceeds that which is allotted, then start from 2017/18 and work backwards.


Email address for the recruitment team is DICE@wmfs,net.

More information can be found on WMFS website and the link to the website is below.


If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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