• A people-based approach to diversity and inclusion

    14 September 2020

    Westminster City Council’s BAME staff network was formed to ensure representation for those most affected by feelings of racial inequality. Bernard Bruce says it has already led to significant culture change.

  • Tackling inequalities is everyone’s business in Birmingham

    07 September 2020

    Tomorrow’s report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet makes it clear that tackling inequalities is everyone’s battle and everyone’s business, says Cllr John Cotton.

  • Good news for the nice

    07 September 2020

    When it comes to climbing the corporate career ladder being nasty or nice won’t determine your advancement, says Blair McPherson.

  • £95k exit payment cap to come into force before 2021

    01 September 2020

    The Government plans to bring its proposed £95,000 cap on public servants’ exit payments into force before the end of this calendar year, The MJ understands.

  • Championing diversity and inclusion

    30 August 2020

    Hertfordshire has published a refreshed diversity and inclusion strategy. Owen Mapley says he is determined to help make these ‘more than just glossy documents’.

  • York to scrap chief post after 'strong advice' from LGA

    26 August 2020

    York City Council is scrapping its chief executive post in favour of a chief operating officer (COO) in a bid to save cash.

  • Blended recruitment – helping you sleep at night

    10 August 2020

    Jon Dilling asks if it is now time for a shift in your organisation’s recruitment strategy when looking to bring in middle management and other hard to fill talent?

  • Unleash freedoms, not fears

    05 August 2020

    As local lockdowns become more common, Claire Fox warns against the use of draconian measures – keeping everyone working from home may not be the best option

  • Getting onboard the digital recruitment era

    28 July 2020

    With office working still a way off for many organisations, how can the induction and settling in process be replicated effectively in this era of virtual recruitment? Jessica Mullinger looks at ways to address this dilemma

  • The reality of working from home

    28 July 2020

    What does working from home herald for local authority staff? John Mortimer takes a look - and offers pointers on how to maintain a balance between work and home life.

  • Exit payment rules are over-regulation, experts claim

    22 July 2020

    The Government’s latest attempts to crack down on exit payments have been branded as over-regulation which will hit lower paid staff more than the senior officials it was aimed at.

  • Improving engagement and communication across the NHS in a time of crisis

    22 July 2020

    Effective communication and digital innovation is the key to keeping employees engaged and well-informed, says Steve Brain. Communication apps, like Civica's Connect, provide Trust leaders and HR teams with a platform to share resources, he adds.

  • Don't be afraid to recruit online

    21 July 2020

    Local government recruiters should think about whether their current exercise will ‘lift and shift’ or needs changing, but the advice of Ann Hartley at Penna is don’t be afraid to move online.

  • Developing talent for a growing housing agenda

    21 July 2020

    With house-building high on the agenda, and a perceived lack of ready made talent in this area within the sector, Helen Anderson says it is more important than ever to be open minded and focus on building your own talent pipeline.

  • We have been here before on cohesion and diversity

    16 July 2020

    Blair McPherson says the only thing more detrimental to the causes of cohesion and diversity than doing nothing is doing a little and thinking it’s enough. 

  • Seizing the opportunity to change perceptions

    14 July 2020

    Rebecca Davis looks at how an ambitious initiative across the West Midlands has highlighted the important work of council workers, who are making as much of a difference in their own way as any emergency service

  • Devoting to diversity

    14 July 2020

    Race continues to be a gatekeeper for preventing people from gaining promotion to senior council posts, says Gifty Edila, who provides recommendations for welcoming BAME staff at all levels.

  • Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'

    14 July 2020

    The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.

  • People don’t need tethering to a place

    07 July 2020

    The way forward for embracing remote working and liberation from the office is now clear following the response to coronavirus,  says director of services at Basildon Council Mandie Skeat.

  • Test, test, test the tech!

    24 June 2020

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers offers some key observations on virtual recruitment, and says many of the online elements will be retained when lockdown eases further.