COSLA RESPONSE TO UNISON REPORT ON PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT CRISIS DUE TO AGEING WORKFORCE

Responding to the UNISON report, a COSLA Spokesperson said: "We welcome the UNISON research and the contribution it makes to the work we are all engaged in. UNISON has said that there are big issues to consider here, not least of which is the training and skills development of older workers and ensuring that they have options, such as carers leave and part-time work that support them.

"All councils have a duty to annually update their workforce plans and ensure that they have the correct numbers of people in their workforce to match service needs and new pressures. Demographic profiling of the local government workforce is an essential part of what councils do but managing workforce, recruitment, development and retention is a constant challenge in an age of austerity and reduced budgets.

"COSLA has responded positively to a request by the trade unions, including UNISON, for a forward pay strategy which will examine these and many other related issues to ensure that councils will have the right people, in the right place at the right time and the right cost, to ensure the continuing delivery of services to the communities they serve."

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Fri, 16/06/2017 - 16:00