Talent Acquisition Weeknotes: w/c 1.7.19

The Talent Acquisition Discovery is a new project which commenced this week. It is a small internal project, which will help us think about how we can successfully recruit high quality staff.

Why are we doing it?

We want to build in-house capability so we have more operational flexibility and reduce cost. We face many challenges when recruiting, these include;

  • Matching supply and demand
  • Competing with other local authorities and private sector companies for high-quality candidates
  • Practitioners preconceptions of working for local government

What has been done so far…

  • Started by meeting with a few managers to understand how they recruit in our department
  • Gathered statistics from HR on recent ICT adverts.
  • Mapped the recruitment process for Contractors and Permanent/ Fixed term contract staff.

Findings so far …

  • Generally, ICT recruit in response to an increase in demand, someone leaving, or because a position is hard to fill.
  • Due to the nature of our projects recruitment is often reactive opposed to planned.
  • It maybe useful to consider a hiring plan to manage the ongoing demand more effectively.
  • It maybe useful to have a Programme Lead with oversight on all projects. E.g. Someone who can challenge the need for a resource, forward think and support the allocation and demand for new and existing resources.

What’s next?

  • Exploring the option of a HackIT hiring plan
  • Talking through options with Senior Management

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