Domain 3 – Staff recruitment policies

This domain assesses how gender-sensitive the procedures for recruitment of parliamentary staff are.

A gender-sensitive parliament assures that both women and men have equal opportunities to become a member of the parliamentary staff; gender-sensitive recruitment policies and procedures are based on merit, and expertise assessed through tests and interviews. Special attention in the selection tests and interviews should be paid to gender-sensitive language use (during the situation and in the materials) and test duration (women with babies or young children may be inhibited in taking part in long-lasting procedures). It is also important to foresee that the recruitment boards are gender baalanced. Special measures for choosing candidates may be implemented, such as preference for under-represented groups when competence profiles and skills are equivalent. 

Data sourcesParliaments’ websites may provide basic information about recruitment procedures, selection criteria and equal opportunities policies. Other information is to be drawn from internal parliamentary procedures and rules and/or from the Human Resources division of the parliamentary administration.