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Alexander Mann Solutions calls for smarter, more collaborative public sector

Alexander Mann Solutions calls for smarter, more collaborative public sector
With George Osborne set to reveal the details of the Governments spending cuts later today, all the talk is of which departments and which areas of society will suffer most.
Recruitment experts Alexander Mann Solutions take a different view. They contend that the Governments emphasis should be on transforming the public sector through greater collaboration on making our public bodies smarter and more efficient, not just cheaper.
Jerry Collier, Director, Alexander Mann Solutions comments:
"I would like to see the Government put a much stronger emphasis on improving the way that public bodies operate at a strategic level. Cutting spending and scaling back the number of quangos may reduce costs but if we are to truly transform the public sector for the long-term we need to look beyond these cuts and encourage organisations to develop a smarter, more collaborative way of working.
By encouraging shared service agreements in operational areas such as recruitment the government can save money by eliminating duplication and using economies of scale to create faster, more efficient processes. Even in a period of lower spending, organisations will need to recruit in order to replace workers that leave voluntarily or to bring in new skills. The cost of these hires can quickly mount up. However, by combining recruitment activities, either through an external partner or by unifying in-house departments, public bodies can achieve the holy grail of reducing costs while actually improving services.
Take social worker recruitment as an example. In today's climate no single authority has the capacity, time and tools to create a pre-screened pool of potential candidates ahead of demand. However if multiple authorities work together they can. This kind of collaboration saves money by reducing advertising and agency spend and eliminating the need to plug gaps with costly temporary workers. It also has a really positive impact on the way frontline services are delivered by helping organisations to bring in the skills they need, quickly and effectively.
 Initiatives like this are already happening in some areas but, if the public sector is to cope with the challenges ahead, we need many more organisations to embrace these principles and work together to effect real change." 


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