Attracting and retaining talent in the public sector

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, technology, demographic and social changes were making it increasingly difficult for the public sector to attract and retain talent. This was due to:

  • low unemployment rates
  • skills shortages 
  • digital transformation
  • pressure on accessing emerging talent

Whilst the full impact of COVID-19 on the employment landscape is not yet clear, it is likely to have permanently disrupted the labour market in many ways. The public sector may increasingly be seen as an attractive and safe place to work. However, you will still need to work hard to recruit and retain the right people.

In these uncertain times, having a structured and responsive recruitment strategy, alongside a well planned programme to upskill your existing workforce and attract new talent, will ensure you are agile and resilient and empower you to make better recruitment decisions.

Our workforce agreements

Let us take some of the pressure off with trusted guidance and support on everything from workforce legislation and policy changes to best practice hints and tips to recruiting and interviewing virtually.

  • Non-Clinical Temporary and Fixed Term Staff

    Regional and national suppliers to help public and third sector organisations fill  temporary and fixed term vacancies. Access a range of specialisms from admin, finance, HR, IT and scientific services to catering, drivers, estates and maintenance, security and more.

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  • Public Sector Resourcing

    This is a single supplier framework for organisations looking to appoint a strategic partner to provide a fully managed service to help them fill contractor and temporary worker roles. Supported by over 300 specialist recruitment agencies classified by their role category expertise.

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  • Permanent Recruitment

    Access general recruitment, executive search and talent mapping services to help you find quality candidates for your permanent, fixed term and inward secondment vacancies. You can also chose to add on extra services such as assessment centres, testing and interview support.

    Find out more about this agreement

  • Apprenticeship Training

    Apprenticeships can play a vital role in our economic recovery, as well as help you access emerging talent. Use your apprenticeship levy funds and support your workforce planning with a range of training programmes from digital and finance to health and care services.

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“We had a complex requirement and sought advice from the category manager, Danielle Withey. She provided advice and guidance throughout the tender process. The service I received from CCS for this project was excellent.”  
Bev Davenport
Senior Procurement Specialist, National Records of Scotland
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Knowledge is power

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Whitepapers (1 )

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    Attracting and retaining talent in the public sector following COVID-19: is your workforce strategy agile and resilient?

    In this paper we explore ways in which you can rise to the opportunities and challenges of attracting and retaining talent in the public sector, as the long term impact of coronavirus continues to unfold.

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Webinars (2 )

  1. Tackling modern slavery in our supply chains

    Stamping out modern slavery in our supply chains is one of the UK government's top priorities. Watch our webinar to find out more.

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  2. Delivering social value through public sector procurement

    We will discuss the implications of the Social Value Act on public sector buyers and the growing demand for social value through contracts.

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    Commercial agreements: digital brochure

    Download our updated digital brochure for the latest information on our agreements and how we can help you add power to your procurement.

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