IMPACT publishes new guide to workforce planning

IMPACT’s Civil Service division has published a new guide on the workforce planning process for branch representatives. Workforce planning is the process used by employers to assess the need for staff in different parts of the service.

IMPACT national secretary Andy Pike explained: “Civil service departments and agencies are now able to make decisions about staff recruitment within their overall budget allocation. While this brings an end to the recruitment moratorium, departments still have to stay within their allocated budgets.

“Typically, a workforce plan sets out the current and future staffing requirements and establishes a staffing structure sufficient to meet the demands on the service,” he said.

Andy has advised branches to liaise with their union official on industrial relations matters and agree how best to address issues around workforce planning, skill mix and recruitment within their specific service.

The Guide to Workforce Planning for IMPACT Civil Service Specialist and Technical Grades is available here, along with a Workplace Planning Survey, and also in the ‘Civil Service publications’ section of the IMPACT website.