• 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.

  • The right time for some strategic thinking

    17 June 2020

    The pandemic has presented an opportunity for the sector to re-think its recruitment strategies, particularly in the search for experienced social workers. Maggie Hennessy and Sonia Tanda explain.

  • Now is the time to turn the tide on talent attraction in the public sector

    16 June 2020

    It’s important that local authorities act now and focus on building their employer brand to make long-term prospects in the public sector more enticing, argues Selena Ayling.

  • Melting the boundaries after COVID

    09 June 2020

    In our first virtual round table alongside recruiters Faerfield, chiefs from across the sector talk to Heather Jameson about the opportunities ahead to ‘build back better’ and reshape public services.

  • Three out of four councils boost recruitment

    22 May 2020

    More than three-quarters of councils have been forced to recruit additional staff since March when coronavirus hit, a Local Government Association survey has found.

  • Reinventing recruitment for a more sustainable future

    13 May 2020

    Local government has shown it can move faster and better when the bureaucracy is stripped away and decision-making is made at the local level. Manny Sandhu sets out a social care and related professions recruitment plan with a powerful purpose.

  • Prepare for a bright future

    06 May 2020

    Neil Lupin looks at how local government might start to reinvent its future in the months ahead.

  • Necessity is the mother of invention

    29 April 2020

    Solace has shown a willingness to take advantage of the opportunities that digital presents the sector, most recently using current technology to ‘virtually’ recruit for Adur and Worthing Councils. Steve Guest explains.

  • Care providers in law change call

    01 April 2020

    Care providers have pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change the law to boost staff numbers in the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Resilience in action

    01 April 2020

    Neil Lupin looks at the resilience of our public services at a time of unprecedented demand.

  • Recruiting in the coronavirus crisis

    25 March 2020

    How do you adapt to attract talent during the coronavirus crisis? Penna’s Julie Towers shares her experience of the new normal in recruitment.

  • It doesn’t hurt to be nice

    18 March 2020

    Applying for a new role is a time-consuming process that takes a lot of energy and personal investment. Sharon Davies believes applicants must be supported to put their best foot forward. And, she points out, honesty and kindness go a very long way.

  • Identifying and assessing candidate motivation

    11 March 2020

    Often a tough quality to pin down, assessing motivation from prospective candidates is an important step to finding the right person for the role. Philip Emms and Tim Hills of Gatenby Sanderson offer some insight.

  • Union estimates 500,000 post-Brexit care staffing gap

    09 March 2020

    The UK could face a social care staffing gap of almost 500,000 workers due to the Government’s new immigration policy, the union representing care workers has warned.

  • Audit firms look overseas amid shortage

    24 February 2020

    Audit firms are having to resort to recruiting overseas to fill public sector vacancies because of low levels of interest within the UK.

  • Funding is solution to social care recruitment crisis - migration committee

    28 January 2020

    The ‘very real problems’ facing social care employers should be addressed through sustainable funding rather than tinkering with immigration rules, the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee has warned.

  • £12m cash boost for council care workers

    10 January 2020

    A council plans to put an extra £12m in the hands of its 30,000 care workers by adding two per cent to its council tax.

  • Take a chance on me - the recruitment lottery

    10 January 2020

    Maybe we should just recognise that recruitment is a lottery and get rid of the whole recruitment industry, replacing it with a lottery whereby any candidate who meets the person specification is eligible, argues Blair Mcpherson.

  • Demand for place based professionals dominated 2019

    10 January 2020

    Ben Cox sees a continuing trend and increase in demand for Place based professionals continuing into this year, alongside an increasing demand for transformation and service re-design expertise and Organisational Development (OD) professionals.

  • Social care needs funding solutions ‘for the short, medium and long-term’

    08 December 2019

    Solace spokesperson for wellbeing Paul Najsarek responds to the findings of the ADASS autumn survey that revealed 90% of respondents had ‘some concerns about, or insufficient capacity to manage’, winter pressures.