• Hybrid hiring and working – here to stay?

    09 August 2022

    Penna’s Julie Towers shares the views of hybrid hires and hiring managers from a recent webinar held alongside the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA).

  • Let’s de-CODE the sector

    03 August 2022

    Rebecca Davis introduces a new network supported by employers across the UK, set to launch next month, which aims to promote organisational development within local government.

  • Bills could force council's staff back to office

    28 July 2022

    A council senior officer has said staff could head back to the office this winter in a bid to keep their energy bills down.

  • Northumberland chief to step down

    27 July 2022

    The chief executive of Northumberland Council is set to step down on ill health grounds, just weeks after a corporate governance review called for her to go.

  • The value of giving to gain...

    27 July 2022

    Kate Wilson looks at the best ways of accommodating the needs and wants of todays’ candidates – and employees.

  • Think about potential rather than experience

    27 July 2022

    Strategy director at Penna Tristam Noakes says record levels of vacancies mean employers need to find, attract and develop people who might not necessarily be fully matched to the jobs on offer.

  • Recruitment solutions for testing times

    26 July 2022

    Councils must get better at marketing themselves as local employers and organisational culture is crucial when it comes to recruitment and retention, says Gordon McFarlane.

  • How to be an employer of choice

    26 July 2022

    Maxine O’Mahony explains how creating a modern, welcoming office environment has boosted recruitment and made Breckland DC a sought-after place where people feel valued and a part of the organisation.

  • We need a diverse pool of talent bubbling through

    26 July 2022

    As Solace continues to cast a spotlight on the lack of diversity among the senior management of local government, Graeme McDonald looks at what lessons from the political sphere could help the sector accelerate its progress.

  • Motivations for moving

    26 July 2022

    Author and former director Blair McPherson considers the reasons why a senior manager with long tenure may decide to move on.

  • Employers put forward flat rate rise in council staff pay

    25 July 2022

    Employers have offered a flat rate pay rise of £1,925 to all staff. 

  • Exit payments plummet

    21 July 2022

    Council staff exit payments have plummeted since 2014-15 when they hit more than half a billion pounds

  • Getting your story straight

    19 July 2022

    Tangible outcomes and hard facts can make an enormous difference in a recruitment decision, so Steve Guest outlines the importance of telling the whole story and celebrating your successes when applying for a job role.

  • Unfinished business

    19 July 2022

    Stephen Moir is back in Cambridgeshire for his third public services role – this time as chief executive of the county council. He talks to Heather Jameson about the corporate plan, shifting cultures and the importance of good governance.

  • Leeds denies cover-up over social care grievance

    18 July 2022

    A senior Leeds City Council member has denied a ‘cover-up’ amid suggestions concerned frontline social workers have submitted a grievance over high caseloads.

  • Kickstarting new ways to recruit

    29 June 2022

    The success of the Kickstart scheme at Buckinghamshire Council shows it has been a worthwhile investment in time and money, says Cllr John Chilver.

  • Reaping the benefits of a good experience

    22 June 2022

    Anthony Lewis asks whether candidate experience is integral to hiring the best talent.

  • City pulls plug on senior job offer

    20 June 2022

    Nottingham City Council has been left without a permanent director of resources after withdrawing a job offer.

  • Survival skills in a candidate-short market

    15 June 2022

    With a lot of movement within the sector since the pandemic began, Jonathon Sheppard assesses the current state of a market where availability of dependable and skilled candidates is becoming the key component.

  • A deserving shortlist for MJ SLT of the Year Award

    26 May 2022

    There was a greater focus on inequalities, diversity and inclusion, transparency, performance management and organisation development in the entries for the senior leadership team (SLT) of the year category of The MJ Awards, says Julie Towers.