Council staff

  • The regeneration gap

    21 May 2024

    As local and regional government colleagues gather in Leeds this week for UKREiiF 2024, Jonathan Swain looks at the ongoing diversity gap for the regeneration sector.


  • A response to the housing challenge you can bank on

    21 May 2024

    Cairistine Foster-Cannan explains how the East of England Local Government Association’s Talent Bank is expanding its offering to provide expertise on a wide variety of housing issues.


  • Learning to stop attrition

    14 May 2024

    Toby Barnard explores the impact an effective learning and development programme can have on employee retention in local government.


  • A time for reflection

    14 May 2024

    Matt Jones and Rachael Morris assess the current HR and OD landscape from a Penna perspective, and look back at a successful PPMA conference which highlighted a lot of positives for the future.


  • Growing our own talent

    07 May 2024

    Annie Egginton explains how the West Midlands Pension Fund’s recruitment and retention strategy includes a focus on opening up multiple routes into the organisation.


  • Let’s plan ahead

    01 May 2024

    Steve Guest warns of the importance of preparing our future leaders for the task ahead by creating ‘leadership space’ and incorporating more formal training and development – before it’s too late.


  • How we can build an AI foundation

    01 May 2024

    James Johns analyses the perceived lack of trust in AI technology and says it’s time to take the right steps to making it work for your organisation.


  • The right therapy to save our councils

    01 May 2024

    Local government will face increasing workload pressures in the coming decade, but a vision for an expanded occupational therapy workforce is a key part of the solution, says Karin Orman.


  • The key to a sustainable workforce

    23 April 2024

    At a time when candidates are in high demand and often can call the shots, a well-defined employer value proposition that contains a robust learning and development programme is the key to boosting retention – as Mark Bearn explains.


  • Telling social care’s story

    22 April 2024

    As adult social care directors gather in Bedfordshire this week for the ADASS Spring Seminar the association’s new president Melanie Williams sets out her plans for the year ahead.


  • Gaining skills: Overcoming the barriers in Great Yarmouth

    22 April 2024

    Great Yarmouth's skills and employability strategy will provide a positive, collaborative framework for the council and its partners and It will leave residents well placed for careers that improve their lives and those of their families, says Sheila Oxtoby.


  • Call for action on the adult care workforce

    22 April 2024

    Ensuring care staff gain parity of esteem with the NHS and are valued by the public top the wish list for Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ workforce lead Carolyn Nice. Ann McGauran reports.


  • TPA analysis of senior local government pay is relentlessly unsophisticated

    22 April 2024

    Graeme McDonald says: 'Perhaps the diminishing number of national news outlets covering the TPA’s so called "Town Hall Rich List" means the message is finally getting across – their analysis is so simplistic it verges on the dangerous.'


  • Scots government 'unlikely' to create equal pay body

    19 April 2024

    Scottish Government ministers are unlikely to establish a national equal pay unit, despite calls from the trade union that led to strikes over the snowballing issue. 


  • Transforming social housing: The task ahead for council teams

    16 April 2024

    Now that the new social housing regulatory regime is in place, housing teams are embracing the challenge as an opportunity for positive change despite the immense pressure councils face, says Caroline Green.


  • The value of managing workplace stress

    10 April 2024

    As April is Stress Awareness Month, Dawn Faulkner outlines how Faerfield have been thinking about what employers can do to help mitigate the impact of stress on individuals and organisations


  • Huge challenges – but opportunity knocks

    03 April 2024

    Linda Todd feels it is now a positive time to be recruiting for commercial professionals – but urges organisations not to lose focus when it comes to your retention strategy.


  • An uplifting social alliance

    26 March 2024

    Young people with learning disabilities want to work, but more supported internships are needed. To coincide with National Supported Internship Day, The MJ and DFN Project SEARCH held a round table debate to discuss how local authorities can help. Mark Whitehead reports.


  • ‘Access all areas’

    26 March 2024

    Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat from executive recruitment specialists McLean Public highlight what local government can do to ensure it attracts commercial sector talent in a changing recruitment market.


  • Future Forum: Councils hit by absence of employee value propositions

    21 March 2024

    The ability of councils to attract, keep and develop future talent is being hit by the absence of a defined employee value proposition (EVP), The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.