Issue details

Agency Staffing Provision

The current Agency contract arrangement for Reed Talent Solutions to supply Temporary staff to the Council comes to an end on 31 March 2022.


The impact of the Covid pandemic and current financial challenges have led to a period of uncertainty when assessing our temporary staffing resource requirements. During the last 18 months our type and level of spend on Agency staffing is atypical. At the same time, there are a number of other organisational interventions underway including an organisation wide VER/VS scheme to support workforce planning. In addition, resource controls have been introduced, requiring all new or extensions to resourcing requests, including agency to be approved at Portfolio leadership team. The impact of these controls is being monitored and supporting the assessment of our future temporary staffing needs.


A 24-month extension to the Agency contract will give us the necessary time to complete the VER/VS scheme thus enabling us to understand our future workforce requirements before the tender specification is developed. (The lead time for this tender would be 12 months which includes options appraisal and market engagement, followed by implementation of 6 months).


Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/11/2021

Scrutiny Committee: Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee;

Decision due: 15 Dec 2021 by Leader of the Council

Lead director: Executive Director, Resources

Department: Resources

Contact: Peter White Email: Tel: 27 36924.

Date agenda documents available: 07/11/21


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