Making a success of succession
Simon Ray at Hamptons Resourcing looks at the benefits of having a clear policy of succession planning, and offers some key tips to ensure your organisation’s strategy is an effective one.
Districts should hike senior pay, claims independent report
Senior staff at Babergh and Mid Suffolk DCs should get a pay rise, an independent review has said.
Probing possible post lockdown pensions trends
Lawyer Helen Woodford considers how the aftermath of the pandemic could impact and shape employees’ decisions on their membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Richard Leese to step down as Manchester leader
The leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, has announced his intention to step down after a quarter of a century at the head of the council.
EXCLUSIVE: Council chiefs call on Government to co-produce a workforce strategy
Council chiefs have called on the Government to work with them to co-produce a workforce strategy similar to those for the NHS and civil service.
A national HR and OD alliance
Manny Sandhu champions the impact of a new academy collaboration aimed at inspiring local people-leaders – in particular those in HR and OD – to pool their expertise to create innovation and change for the sector.
The best of both worlds in Notts
Anthony May says hybrid working will play a big part in helping Nottinghamshire CC to deliver the best and most cost-effective services possible.
Using a packed calendar of one-to-one sessions, group mental health support webinars and other events, during the last 18 months Penna provided interims with the support many were lacking, says Toni Hall.
The challenge of managing the return to the civic centre
By and large, civic centre workers made a successful transition to home working, says Michael Burton. But councils will equally want to ensure that reducing their office space does not further reduce footfall in their town centres, he adds.
Workforce churn will continue for some time, say sector experts
Recruitment experts have warned the COVID-19 pandemic could mean workforce churn in the sector persists for some time to come.
Mind the gap
An increasing number of senior managers in local government have announced their retirement and councils are finding it harder to recruit. Martin Ford examines the challenges and looks towards solutions.
We need to ask 'what are offices for' ?
Ministers are said to be concerned that despite the easing of COVID restrictions, few staff are coming into the office. Claire Kober says that at root there seems to be an implication that working from home is no more than an excuse to loaf.
Council exit payments halved
The Government has revealed exit payments by English councils have more than halved in the last seven years.
Shropshire chief exit payment revealed
Shropshire Council has revealed its former chief executive received a severance payment of more than £124,000.
Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston
Kingston RLBC learned lessons from its COVID response that will change both the jobs staff do in future and where those roles are based. Tessa Cole talks to Ann McGauran about ‘a real shift and disruption in working practices’.
Giving young people a Kickstart in Bucks
Buckinghamshire Council is offering Kickstart placements across all its service directorates to support young people, as part of a much longer-term project, says Cllr Anita Cranmer.
Review launched into chief's departure
Pembrokeshire CC’s interim boss has commissioned an independent review into the ‘severance arrangements’ linked to the departure of former chief executive Ian Westley.
No pay-out for suspended director
Croydon LBC’s suspended executive director of place has resigned with no pay-out, The MJ understands.
Change from within to attract from outside
Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change.
Understanding your talent gap
Are you having trouble hiring specialists and managers? You’re not alone. Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin of Penna recently hosted a webinar to discuss and share learning around tackling hard to fill roles. Its clear many organisations are experiencing challenges with recruitment – but as the webinar evidenced, solutions can be found