Council Launches Welsh Language Online Recruitment System

Powys County Council in Wales has taken advantage of the flexibility of online recruitment systems to set up its own Welsh language recruitment portal. 

The council becomes the first in Wales to make such a move and its efforts are being keenly watched by other councils to see how it works out. The local authority - which spans most of rural, sparsely-populated Mid Wales - has been providing website information for recruitment in Welsh since Spring 2010, but staged a basic launch of the new system in April of this year. 

The council's systems and transactions manager, Sue Harris, said that the effect of the system has been evident already, due to the large number of people who wish to apply for their jobs in Welsh. 

"We've already seen processing costs reduced across the business performance unit and are on target to exceed identified savings across advertising, application requests, applicant interviews and appointments, shortlists, payroll and leaver processes," she said. "Central recruitment has reduced administrative tasks such as telephone calls, emails and issuing of manual application packs by a further 10 hours per week."

The second phase of the system is being launched in the Autumn, allowing managers to post interview dates and times and candidate assessment forms, and to make offers in Welsh. All of the processing will be done in English, but the public interfaces will be bilingual. 

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