Councils have already been preparing to make savings in readiness for cuts as a result of the spending review, the latest local government workforce survey has found.
Even before the announcement of the spending review, many councils were taking action to reduce their workforce costs:
There has been an increased used in remuneration panels for chief executives:
Money spent on training and development, for both employees and members, had fallen:
Councils are continuing to encourage leadership development, including working in partnership with other public sector organisations:
Councils are continuing work promoting diversity, although the percentage of the top five earners who are women, disabled or from BAME backgrounds remains at similar levels to 2009/10:
Overall recruitment and retention difficulties continued to lessen, although many councils were still experiencing difficulties for children's social workers:
The survey was conducted by the LGA Group's Analysis and Research team, on behalf of the LGA. The LGA will draw on these results in supporting and informing the implementation and development of the Local Government Workforce Strategy.
The final response rate achieved in the England and Wales was 58 per cent (218 authorities); the England response rate was 59 per cent (207 authorities).
This file allows you to view all of the results from England and Wales by whichever type of authority or region you like. The guidance notes on the cover page will explain to you how to use the file but if you do have any queries then please use the contact below.
Authorities that completed the survey are also eligible to an interactive benchmarking file that will allow you to compare your authority's results with those of other authorities. This comparison can be made using a number of different variables including type of authority and region.
If you have not received your authority's interactive benchmarking file by the end of November, please let us know via the contact below and we will re-send it.
Date: November 2010
29 June 2012