Person specification form template

£ 15

Our Person Specification Form Template streamlines the process of outlining the essential skills, qualifications, and attributes required for a specific job role, ensuring accurate candidate evaluation.

Why this form is necessary

A person specification states the minimum set of capabilities a person needs to have in order for them to be appointed into a position. The primary use of the person specification is to assist in the recruitment and selection of a new employee. It can be separate to the role profile, or standalone.

The person specification highlights the experience, qualifications, skills and experience that are required for a person to be appointed into the role.

Person Specification Forms are informed by various UK employment legislation to ensure fair and non-discriminatory recruitment practices. Key legislation includes:

  • Equality Act 2010: Ensures protection against discrimination based on protected characteristics such as age, gender, disability, and more.

  • Human Rights Act 1998: Protects individuals' rights to be treated fairly and equitably.

  • Data Protection Act 2018: Regulates the collection and use of personal data, including data gathered during recruitment.

  • Employment Rights Act 1996: Governs the recruitment and employment relationship, safeguarding against unfair treatment and ensuring equal opportunities.

  • The Public Sector Equality Duty: Applicable to public sector employers, requires consideration of equality implications when creating person specifications.

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Ensures that employers make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled individuals to apply for roles.

These legislations guide the development of person specification forms to uphold equal opportunities, eliminate discrimination, and promote diversity in the workplace.

Implementation timeline

Step Description Responsibility Timing
1 Identify job requirements: Determine the skills, qualifications, experience, and attributes needed for the role. Hiring Manager Before drafting
2 Use the Person Specification Form: Complete the form with specific job-related criteria, ensuring clarity and accuracy. HR or Hiring Manager During job creation
3 Review and approval: Have the form reviewed and approved by relevant stakeholders to ensure alignment. HR or Hiring Manager Before posting the job
4 Evaluate candidates: Use the form to assess candidates during the recruitment process. Compare applicants against the specified criteria. Hiring Team Throughout selection
5 Refinement: Update the form based on feedback and experience to improve accuracy for future job openings. HR After each recruitment cycle

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Time to read / prep / use
5 mins
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Word count / length
45 words, 1 page A4
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Date last reviewed
1 June 2024
person specification form template

Job title:


Reports to:


[List the qualifications that someone in this role will require.]


[List the skills and qualities that someone in this role will require.]


[List the experience that someone in this role will require.]

Date created:


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Version: [1.0]

Issue date: [date]

Why choose our Person specification form template?

Our content:

Is easy to edit and execute, with comprehensive implementation guidance.
Is designed by accredited, experienced HR practitioners.
Maintains your compliance with ACAS guidelines, legislation, and industry best practices.
Includes 12 months access to your purchase, with email alerts if updated or expanded.

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