Local authorities get workforce planning guide

A
new guide hopes to prepare councils for future workforce requirements.

The
Guide to Workforce Planning in Local Authorities, by the Employers’
Organisation for local government (EO), offers advice on developing solutions
that will reflect future service needs, including modernisation requirements,
demographics, diversity, consumer expectation, legislative changes, best value
reviews, service plans and developments.

Kelly
Sandiford, assistant director, Skills and Development at the EO, said:
"Effective workforce planning is an important tool to support authorities
in maximising resources and building capacity in a structured and planned way.

"People
are the key to improvement and capacity building and organisations that plan
well are equipped to manage both day-to-day business needs and to address
changing priorities.”

Andreas
Ghosh, chair of Socpo’s Recruitment and Retention Group, said: "With the
increasing focus on public sector services and targets, we need to ensure local
government makes the case for investing in employees for the future.

www.lg-employers.gov.uk/recruit/working_planning/index.html

By Quentin Reade

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