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HAYS SCOTLAND APPOINTS LEADING ACADEMIC AS STRATEGIC ADVISOR

HAYS SCOTLAND APPOINTS LEADING ACADEMIC AS STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Recruiting expert Hays has appointed Professor Alice Brown as a strategic advisor to the company in Scotland. Professor Brown is one of Scotlands leading government academics and was the first ever Scottish Public Service Ombudsman (Crown appointment) in 2002, until her retirement in 2009.

Professor Brown is working with Hays in Scotland to identify ways to think creatively and radically in responding to changes in Scotlands employment landscape, in particular in light of the Comprehensive Spending Review in March.

She believes it is crucial for public bodies in a region or sector to do more to work together in addressing budget cuts by re-deploying people into other public or private organisations, through secondments, career transition or training.

She commented: Public bodies facing spending cuts should work under a collaborative regeneration model to reduce the negative impact on their employees and maintain the level and quality of public services. The current economic climate requires a major cultural and attitudinal shift in our thinking towards employment. We have to look strategically to the future both in terms of what skills organisations will require in two to three years time, and how people currently perceive their skills and experience.

By taking a collaborative approach, she says, public bodies can work together for the public good to address cost-cutting, and ensure that people who are likely to be made redundant in key sectors like local authorities, health boards, the police force and education institutions, have the opportunity to look at ways of re-deploying skills within other organisations, job-sharing, or taking up secondments, new training or career transition services in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

Looking at establishing this model now, which takes a more holistic and strategic approach, will have a much better impact on the economy in the longer-term, and will harness all the skills and talents of Scotlands workforce commented Brown.

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