Brian Purcell, who asked to be moved from the position of secretary general in the Department of Justice in July 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

None of the applicants for the vacant role of secretary general of the Department of Justice qualified for a second interview, it has emerged. Ther(...)

A survey of secretaries general in Government departments found there was concern that some posts did not attract as strong an applicant pool as others.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

The quality of the applicant pools for some competitions for senior Civil Service positions has been disappointing, the chair of the committee charge(...)