Care providers in law change call
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
Neil Lupin looks at the resilience of our public services at a time of unprecedented demand.
Recruiting in the coronavirus crisis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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.
Future Forum North: Leading change needs emotional literacy
Leaders need to be equipped with emotional literacy in order to lead change, The MJ’s Future Forum North event has heard.
At least 90,000 extra social workers needed to meet care reforms
An extra 90,000 care workers will be needed to provide just two hours of basic care for older people with high needs, a report has warned today.
The absence of the human touch
Blair Mcpherson ponders a recruitment software package to be used in conjunction with video interviews which analyse a candidate’s performance. He would rather place his faith in the traditional panel interview.
Spending freeze for Shropshire
Shropshire Council’s boss has told staff the authority has imposed a ‘spending freeze’ until 2020 in the face of a potential £6m overspend.
Turning agency fees into more spending for children
Cllr James Valentine explains how Bedford BC has been able to attract the permanent employees needed to support children and save £1.5m on agency workers in the first 12 months.
'No evidence' of sexist culture despite chief's claims
No evidence of a culture of sexism has been found at Stratford-on-Avon DC following claims by an outgoing chief.
We have 'gone backwards in some respects' on diversity
In some respects the diversity of senior management in local government has gone backwards, says Graeme McDonald - and the result is 'a terrible waste of talent' in an era of recruitment shortages.
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.