HR and councils join up to fight skills crisis

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR managers in local government are taking action to fight skills shortagesthat are so severe they threaten services. The Society of Chief Personnel Officers set up a recruitment and retentiongroup last week to develop best practice to tackle the crisis. Keith Handley, president of Socpo and programme change director at BradfordMetropolitan District Council, said, “It is a crisis situation with localgovernment having real recruitment problems right across the board, not only inprofessional positions but increasing in manual work as well. “If local government fails to attract and keep good people then it willnot be able to meet its service commitments or modernise itsorganisation.” The local government workforce is aging and it is struggling to attractyounger, well-qualified staff. More than 30 per cent of its 1.2 million staff are over 50 years of age – 10per cent higher than the workforce at large – and only 6.5 per cent are under25. Francesca Okosi, director of HR at Brent Council, said, “Localgovernment is facing a time bomb. Its workforce is ageing and at the momentthere is very little in place to attract younger staff and graduates. We havegot to change the perception of public service.” Socpo’s new 15-strong group will develop an action plan on recruitment andretention over the next few weeks. The team will work with Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, theAudit Commission and the Employers Organisation for Local Government to tacklethe skills crisis and improve the employer branding. By Paul Nelson Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR and councils join up to fight skills crisisOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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