Workforce Focus

The primary aim of this document is to help senior HR professionals and their teams to develop local action plans for workforce improvement by providing facts and ideas.


Local government needs a suitably skilled, well-motivated and engaged workforce that meets the changing needs of its residents to continue its work through challenging times. The task is considerable with a workforce some 1.4 million strong, with around 800 different occupations and a pay bill of around £22 billion a year. While the numbers are large, the majority of local government staff earn less than the 2018 UK average of £29,588 as identified by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Local government also needs to deal with major demographic and social changes and different approaches to the world of work. Added to this general picture, are the specific challenges and opportunities that may arise when the UK leaves the EU and a constant focus on improving and ensuring productivity.