March 9, 2011 - The Minister of Human Resources announced that by the end of March 2011, the final phases of eRecruit, the Government’s on-line, electronic recruitment and staffing system, will be launched.
To deliver effective programs and services to the people of the Northwest Territories, the Government requires a public service staffed by skilled employees. A goal in 20/20: A Brilliant North, the NWT Public Service Strategic Plan, is to provide effective human resource tools which allows managers to have the right people in the right jobs at the right time.
To further this goal Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that by the end of March 2011, the final phases of eRecruit, the Government’s on-line, electronic recruitment and staffing system, will be launched.
Implementation of eRecruit is being carried out in three phases. Phase one started in January 2010, to allow individuals to view job ads and apply for jobs on-line. Immediate benefits saw a reduction in competition completion time and fewer paper-based processes.
Phases two and three of eRecruit, currently being implemented, provide a powerful staffing and recruitment system for managers and human resource staff. Key features include the ability to:
- initiate staffing requests electronically,
- view resumes and screen applicants on-line,
- track the progress of competitions,
- schedule interviews with applicants on-line, and
- generate recruitment statistics.
Mr. Speaker, eRecruit moves the Government from paper-based recruitment to an on-line, electronic system that provides a streamlined and efficient staffing process.
I know Members are interested in greening initiatives, and one of the more significant impacts of eRecruit will be the move to paperless competition files. Staffing competition files are often two or three inches thick with paper. In the Yellowknife offices of Management and Recruitment Services paper is bought by the pallet load. As we move to paperless files, it is anticipated there will be a reduction of approximately 80-100 boxes of paper used by the Department of Human Resources on a yearly basis. Eliminating paper files will also reduce printer cartridge use and the costs associated with both.
As Members of the 16th Legislative Assembly, we identified an effective and efficient Government as one of our goals. Efficient recruitment enables us to have the right people in the right jobs at the right time. Our continued investment in improving the public service is an investment in our ability to provide quality programs and services to Northerners.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
For more information:
For more information, contact:
Office of the Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 669-2302