To establish a general and academic staffing need, and before proceeding to recruitment action, the recruiter might wish to review the position and/or assess current and future funding.
Review the position
Reviewing the position to make sure it meets current and future staffing requirements involves identifying:
- the long-term staffing needs of the area
- the implications of not filling the job (either immediately or in the longer term)
- whether responsibilities in the work area be reorganised to cover needs, and in particular, if someone else in the work area could develop skills by taking on new functions
- whether the current classification of the position appropriate
Assess current & future funding
As part of the process of considering filling the vacancy, the following budget related issues would also need to be addressed:
- identify budget cover for the salary costs. There will need to be available budget to cover the salary plus on-costs and overheads for the position
- provide funds to pay for recruitment and advertising. This might include advertising, travel for Selection Committee members and candidates for interview; and possibly the services of a recruitment agency.
If the need is clear, investigation shows the best option available is to fill a vacant position, and funding exists to address all costs associated with the engagement of a new staff member, then recruitment action should commence.