London hunts for mayor’s HR team

The Greater London Authority is pushing ahead with the recruitment of
arguably the capital’s most high-profile HR department ahead of the mayoral
election next month.

The GLA is recruiting a nine-strong personnel team to be in place when the
mayor takes office in July.

But although some staff will be in place immediately after the election,
appointment of the overall head of HR and administration will be left for the
mayor and the newly-elected assembly.

The team will be part of a workforce of 400. Of these, about 150 are
transferring from absorbed organisations and other public bodies leaving 250
new staff to be recruited.

HR consultant Barbara Cleary, of the authority’s interim transition team,
said about 100 staff would be in place by July.

She said, "As with all senior posts, the head of HR will be left until
later this year. The head of HR and administration post will be a high-profile
appointment. It will be a big job for someone.

"The authority will not have thousands of staff, but it will be

Cleary said the HR team will be made up of the head of HR and
administration, a senior adviser, two senior advisers, two officers and two
administrative support staff. All but one will be external appointments.

The appointment of some HR staff before the mayor takes power also means the
successful candidate will not have the opportunity to implement their own
recruitment policies in the selection process.

Recruitment of about 150 staff is under way to ensure the authority can
function immediately after the election on 4 May.

Decisions over the remainder will be made by the mayor and assembly. The
mayor will be able to recruit two political advisers.

Details of vacancies are being advertised on the authority’s web site.

The authority has been advertising for an HR manager, to report to the head
of HR and administration. Last Friday was the closing date for applications.

The GLAis absorbing a number of bodies including the London Ecology Unit and
the London Research Centre.

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