When Vale of Glamorgan Council staff leave the council – the managers now ask them to fill in an “electronic exit questionnaire ” which asks them – as a final question – if there is anything they could be offered which would “entice” them to stay.
…But according to an internal council report the most commonly-given answer to that question is “nothing would have enticed me to stay”.
Meanwhile an increasing number of staff are leaving of their own accord – voluntarily – or they’re being involuntarily pushed out.
Figures for the period April to September 2015 show a total of 315 staff left their jobs with the council – compared with 293 in the same period of 2014.
Of those 315 staff departures, 214 left “voluntarily” and 101 left “ involuntarily” :-
- 10 were sacked (twice the number the year before)
- 35 didn’t have their contracts renewed (ten more than in the same period of 2014)
- 45 retired ( six more than in the same period of 2014 )
- 169 retired
- 38 were declared redundant (ten more than in the same period of 2014)
- 18 left for undisclosed reasons
The turnover in the council’s offices and departments – not including schools has gone up from 5.10% in April/September 2014 to 6.24% April/September 2015 . “Voluntary turnover” has increased from 3.76% to 4.43%. In social services staff “turnover” almost doubled from 3.57% to 6.14% (over the same two periods).
The number of school staff leaving Vale schools in April/September 2015 was 163 – in percentage-terms a slight increase on the same period a year earlier .
The report warns that “Given the projected reductions in public service finances
and the associated adverse service implications it is inevitable that there will be a
consequential increase in the number of redundancies in the short term”.