Solace Summit: Not appointing can sometimes be the best decision
Failing to make a senior level appointment after a lengthy recruitment process can sometimes be the best decision, delegates at a chief executives’ conference have heard.
Watford BC announces new MD
The current deputy chief executive at Mendip DC Donna Nolan is to take on the role of MD at Watford BC.
When difference equals strength
Leaders need to help people be true to themselves at work, and difference needs to be seen as a strength, writes Joanne Roney.
The true value of showing your support
Cllr Izzi Seccombe outlines the benefits of a new recruitment and development scheme to help those in Warwickshire with special educational needs and disabilities gain entry to the workforce.
Quintet named in recruiter's BAME index
Five high-flyers in local government have been named in Green Park’s latest BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) 100 business leaders index.
Social care sector faces 'disastrous' staffing black hole
A care workers' trade union has warned of a 'disastrous' staffing black hole in England as research showed there are tens of thousands of vacant posts.
Council defends appointment of chief
Isle of Anglesey CC has insisted that the appointment of its new chief executive followed the council’s recruitment process despite the resignation of two councillors.
Rising care staff numbers fail to keep pace with demand
Adult social care has the second largest percentage of job vacancies across the public sector after the NHS, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Independent governance reviews for pension schemes
Regular independent reviews of governance in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) will be carried out to assess the effectiveness of administering authorities’ arrangements.
Making the most of the Localism Act
Penna's Pete John looks at the skills local authorities need to ensure success with the rise of wholly-owned companies.
Finding the skills for a full house
Martin Ford reports on a round table hosted by Penna, discussing the role of local government in helping deliver the Government’s ambitious targets for new housing.
Children's services progress 'slow and uneven'
Ofsted has described the progress of Reading BC to improve its children’s services as ‘slow, uneven and not always sustained’.
South Kesteven chief steps down
Aidan Rave has stepped down as the chief executive of South Kesteven DC to pursue new ventures.
Exclusive: Chief execs' survey highlights tensions of 'challenging politics'
Tensions between chief executives and their leaders are under greater scrutiny because of ‘challenging politics,’ a survey by Penna and The MJ has found.
MHCLG failure to recruit chief scientific adviser 'astounding'
An ongoing failure by Marsham Street to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is ‘astounding,’ according to shadow science minister Chi Onwurah.
'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement
Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.
Call for VOA cuts review
‘Significant cuts’ in Valuation Office Agency (VOA) staffing levels should be reviewed to ensure the organisation is ‘fit-for-purpose’ amid a backlog of 69,000 appeals, London Councils has said.
Council loses director in less than a year
A senior officer at Bury MBC has resigned less than a year after joining the authority.
Four paths to our future workforce
Max Wide looks ahead and asks how local government can avoid ending up as a set of ageing organisations, unable to appeal to and serve a new generation
EXCLUSIVE: Six-figure salary jobs on the rise
The number of council job openings with six-figure salaries has risen in recent years, research by The MJ has found.