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Buckinghamshire County Council join forces with Hays

Buckinghamshire County Council join forces with Hays

To cut recruitment costs and improve the candidate experience

Bringing together the best of the public and private sector, Buckinghamshire County Council and the UKs leading recruitment specialist Hays have partnered to create an easy-to-use system for job seekers that will improve experience for applicants and cost the council taxpayer less.

The new recruitment service will:
Make it easier to search and apply for jobs with the county council using online recruitment.
Reduce the time applications take to process and keep applicants in touch with progress.
Build a talent pool of good quality applicants who have expressed an interest in working for the council, to help managers match the right people to the right jobs.

In the first year the county council expects to save around 690,000 if recruitment levels remain the same. As well as cutting the cost of recruitment for the county council, the new process is also designed to reduce the amount of time managers spend on recruitment.

County council recruitment staff have joined Hays consultants to create the team to provide the streamlined one-stop-shop for permanent and temporary staff. The aim is to simplify the process, provide clarity about the roles and opportunities on offer and market them effectively.

Gillian Hibberd, Corporate Director People, Policy and Communications, says: Taking a more streamlined approach to recruitment will enable us to create a reputation as a first choice employer attracting quality staff to run local services. Were delighted to have Hays on-board because their specialist skills in the recruitment sector will make a real difference to the way we employ staff. Well be managing our budget much more effectively, for example, by reducing the time to recruit candidates.

Councillor Frank Downes, Cabinet Member for Resources, says: This is an important milestone for us and our opportunity to demonstrate we can work together to attract high quality staff to benefit local services, while being cost-effective at the same time.

Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays, adds: The partnership is an innovative way of recruiting and will allow Buckinghamshire County Council to lead the way nationally. It will be more time and cost efficient and will provide a better service for job seekers all critical factors in such challenging times. We look forward to working with the Council to implement a service that will meet their current recruitment needs and help them with their longer-term recruitment planning.


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