Over the past couple of weeks, Inside Housing has published two interesting sector surveys: it’s first ever HR survey and Hays’ annual salary survey.
The headlines are that over three-quarters of Registered Providers (RPs) are planning major change in the next 12 months, yet a significant cause of staff anxiety is change. Change is being driven by welfare reform, rent cuts, efficiency drives and restructuring – all linked to budgets.
However the survey results indicate that recruitment and retention is also going to be a key issue. Unsettled by change and the impact of tightened budgets on salary levels, it is unsurprising that more than half of employees are unhappy with their pay and their career opportunities.The 32% of RPs looking to increase staff numbers could find themselves overwhelmed by applications, particularly when 57% of employees feeling unhappy about their career opportunities is combined with 28% of RPs still looking to reduce staff numbers. However the 41% of RPs looking to recruit in new skills areas may not see the same effect.
Before you embark on change, why don’t you pick up the phone to one of our team for a strategic sense-check of what you want to deliver and we’ll offer some insight into particular areas that you should think about in advance of launch.
For more information, please contact Employment Solicitor Kirsty Thompson.