Council staff

  • Scots government 'unlikely' to create equal pay body

    19 April 2024

    Scottish Government ministers are unlikely to establish a national equal pay unit, despite calls from the trade union that led to strikes over the snowballing issue. 


  • Transforming social housing: The task ahead for council teams

    16 April 2024

    Now that the new social housing regulatory regime is in place, housing teams are embracing the challenge as an opportunity for positive change despite the immense pressure councils face, says Caroline Green.


  • The value of managing workplace stress

    10 April 2024

    As April is Stress Awareness Month, Dawn Faulkner outlines how Faerfield have been thinking about what employers can do to help mitigate the impact of stress on individuals and organisations


  • Huge challenges – but opportunity knocks

    03 April 2024

    Linda Todd feels it is now a positive time to be recruiting for commercial professionals – but urges organisations not to lose focus when it comes to your retention strategy.


  • An uplifting social alliance

    26 March 2024

    Young people with learning disabilities want to work, but more supported internships are needed. To coincide with National Supported Internship Day, The MJ and DFN Project SEARCH held a round table debate to discuss how local authorities can help. Mark Whitehead reports.


  • ‘Access all areas’

    26 March 2024

    Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat from executive recruitment specialists McLean Public highlight what local government can do to ensure it attracts commercial sector talent in a changing recruitment market.


  • Future Forum: Councils hit by absence of employee value propositions

    21 March 2024

    The ability of councils to attract, keep and develop future talent is being hit by the absence of a defined employee value proposition (EVP), The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.


  • Levelling the playing field

    20 March 2024

    Natasha Hilton-Keane takes a look at the increasing tactic of sending out advance questions as one way to get the best out of candidates within an interview.


  • Mission impassable

    20 March 2024

    After the DfE’s about-turn over its own consultation for councils to end the use of agency social work project teams, Rachael Wardell argues they diminish an authority’s ability to implement a consistent practice model. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Six observations from my time as PPMA president

    15 March 2024

    Against a challenging backdrop for public services, PPMA president Gordon McFarlane sets out six key reflections from his two years at the helm.


  • Don’t leave finance professionals short-changed

    13 March 2024

    Andrew Tromans and Mizan Rouf outline the past and present recruitment challenges in public finance.


  • Adult services will reap the benefits of data

    13 March 2024

    A pioneering initiative funded through the apprenticeship levy is aimed at fostering a community of adult social care data analysts, poised to shape best practices, says Sam Villis.


  • Revolutionising temporary workforce solutions

    13 March 2024

    The approach taken to temporary workforce management within councils often falls short in several critical areas. Here, chief executive of West Midlands Employers Rebecca Davis discusses why collaboration among local authorities and agencies is key in tackling this issue.


  • Deprivation of Liberty backlog 'may never be eradicated'

    08 March 2024

    A report has called for councils to get more resources to tackle the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) backlog.


  • Woking and Thurrock failures 'embarrassing'

    08 March 2024

    The local government watchdog’s chief executive has said the collapse of councils such as Woking and Thurrock should not have been allowed to happen.


  • Recruitment conundrums and economic development

    06 March 2024

    A key challenge for councils building economic development teams is understanding where to prioritise the service skills, while many candidates are opting for the contractor market, says Penna.


  • BCP breaks the glass ceiling

    06 March 2024

    Writing for International Women’s Day, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s leader Cllr Vikki Slade says it’s time to celebrate progress on female representation within the local authority.


  • Getting Britain building again

    06 March 2024

    The Purposeful Finance Commission’s recommendation that businesses raise a target of £22.5m to help unblock urban infrastructure projects is an investment rather than a cost, says Tracy Blackwell.


  • Warnings over job cuts repercussions

    28 February 2024

    Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the senior managers of the future.


  • The first cuts are the deepest

    27 February 2024

    Sector experts talk to Martin Ford about the effects of job cuts on councils’ resilience, the impact of austerity on the number of leadership positions and the downsides of super-directorates.