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Research underlines public sector challenge

LGA research underlines public sector resourcing challenge, says REC

Key roles in public sector services must not be compromised ahead of the forecast cuts in expenditure, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has warned.

This comes after new research commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that more than 6,000 social workers would have to be recruited by local authorities to comply with new child protection guidelines following the Baby P case.

According to the research, workloads of existing staff could increase fourfold as a result of the new guidelines. Local authorities have stated they do not have enough trained social workers available to implement the proposed measures. .

Commenting on the resourcing implications of the LGA announcement and on the bigger picture in terms of public sector resourcing, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations, said:

The research underlines the broader point that in many areas recruitment activity will need to be maintained and even increased. Achieving the necessary efficiencies in the public sector will require more than short-term cuts through the supply chain.

One of the core messages of the REC's Public Sector Resourcing campaign is that deep-rooted reform will be necessary. As part of this, flexible staffing arrangements must be seen as part of the solution when it comes into the effective delivery of front line services."

Responding to the specific implications of the LGA research for recruiters, Hadley concludes:

"Specialised healthcare agencies have a pivotal role to play in getting the right people in the right place at the right time. For public bodies, the focus will also be on getting the right price which is why we must continue to engage proactively with procurement bodies to ensure that models are commercially viable and sustainable.
Achieving lasting efficiencies must be about creating stable markets and making informed commissioning decisions for all key services, including recruitment and temporary staffing."

The RECs public sector resourcing campaign Make It Work! has been launched to promote alternative methods of delivering public sector services by making the most of flexible resourcing and acquiring new talent to lead the transformation of public sector organisations. For more information, visit the website,


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