Corporate Recruitment Management Panel

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Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you supply me with all the copies of the minutes of your Corporate Recruitment Management Panel, which has been meeting on a weekly basis since 9 November 2009.

I would like all minutes from 9 November 2009 - date.

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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Dear Mr Wren

Thank you for your request dated 16 March 2010, a copy of which is
enclosed below.

I can confirm that no minutes are held. The Vacancy Management Panel was
introduced in November 2009 and it required any request for managers to
fill a vacancy either through recruitment, temporary or agency staff to be
presented to the Vacancy Management Panel consisting of Chief Executive,
Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Strategic HR, a Second Tier Officer, Team
Manager, Resourcing and Administrator.

Each Manager was required to complete the appropriate paperwork outlining
the request with salary details, working hours and a business case. The
form had to be signed by a second tier officer, HR business partner and
Finance business partner. Managers also needed to supply details of their
current staffing structure and the impact of their request. The Panel
considered each request and the possible outcomes were agreed, not agreed
or deferred for further information. As a result, only outcomes have been
recorded. If you require information relating to the recorded outcomes,
please do not hesitate to contact me and we will respond appropriately as
soon as possible.

The Council instituted this vacancy control process in light of the
extremely tight financial position currently facing local government
generally, and in anticipation of the further significant spending squeeze
for several years to come as trailed by all three political parties in the
current election.

Other city councils have taken the approach of reducing their workforce
through major restructuring and redundancy programmes. Newcastle City
Council, for example, have shed over 400 posts in the last year, and
incurred redundancy costs of around £20 million.

In contrast, Bristol has resolved to carefully consider deleting vacant
posts instead - and thus avoid wherever possible either having to pay
redundancy costs, or unsettle wider staff groups by putting them at risk
before selecting which postholders to make redundant,

As a result, high level consideration has been given to every single
vacant post, to see whether the post could be left unfilled, so as to
contribute towards the required savings. Obviously posts that happen to
become vacant due to staff turnover are not necessarily always going to be
the posts that the organisation can best live without filling, without an
unacceptable negative impact on service levels. That has been why there
has simply not been a blanket recruitment freeze

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>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #30877 email]> 16 March 2010
18:06 >>>
Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you supply me with all the copies of the minutes of
your Corporate Recruitment Management Panel, which has been meeting
on a weekly basis since 9 November 2009.

I would like all minutes from 9 November 2009 - date.

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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