Having read the recent article on job cuts at Birmingham City Council (‘Birmingham to cut 80 HR jobs in equal pay shake-up’, Personnel Today, 26 February), my sympathy went out to those who will lose their jobs, as well as the difficult situation my colleague Andy Albon is going through.
At Nottinghamshire County Council, we faced significant HR posts being cut as part of a restructuring that was also difficult to manage. However, if it is any consolation, changes such as these allow us to look fundamentally at what we do and how it’s done to improve service delivery.
I would urge Albon to work closely with trade unions and staff to come out of this change process as a stronger and fitter HR service.
Director of HR, Nottinghamshire County Council