Laura Sharman 18 June 2018

Half of council staff considering quitting their job, survey finds

Half of council staff considering quitting their job, survey finds image

Half of council workers are thinking of leaving their job for less stressful work elsewhere, according to a new survey by trade union Unison.

Six out of ten council workers surveyed said they don’t feel secure in their job, with over half (53%) saying their workload is unmanageable.

The survey also found eight in ten (79%) council workers have no confidence in the future of local services due to spending cuts, with 83% saying cuts have had a negative impact on their ability to do the job as well as they can.

Over half of those surveyed (53%) believe their council no longer delivers quality services, with 48% saying their employer doesn’t make the right decisions for the public, according to the survey results.

Unison general secretary, Dave Prentis, said: ‘Local services are collapsing and council workers are being left to pick up the pieces and do the best they can amid the chaos. This disturbing survey should ring alarm bells in Whitehall and also alert ministers to the crisis happening in councils up and down the country.

‘Local authorities have had to cut so many vital services that they have now reached a point where vulnerable children and the elderly struggle to get the help that they need, entire communities are suffering, and the public are being put at risk.’

Developing a cohesive council workforce image

Developing a cohesive council workforce

With council workers, increasingly being asked to deliver more with less, Alexander Carlton discusses the role of technology in creating a cohesive workforce.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Legal Director

Disclosure & Barring Service
£103,179 - £117,800
You will be a qualified lawyer with experience of managing a significant in-house legal function within a highly complex private or... Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Disclosure & Barring Service

Head of Operations

Rossendale Borough Council
£49,408 - £52,899
The Head of Operations is a key leader in the Senior Management Team. Rossendale, Lancashire
Recuriter: Rossendale Borough Council

Finance Manager (Financial Accounting)

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£48,788 - £52,208 per annum
Rotherham Council has made rapid and significant progress on its improvement journey and it is an exciting time to join Rotherham. Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Planning Solicitor (18.5 Hours)

Thanet District Council
£38,916 - £44,352 per annum (pro rata) per annum plus market supplement of up to £5k
We are a small and friendly team and are looking to expand with a number of senior legal roles Thanet, Kent
Recuriter: Thanet District Council

Planning Strategy and Implementation Manager

Basildon Borough Council
£49,892 - £53,275
We’re looking for someone that has experience in policy planning in a local government setting. Basildon, Essex
Recuriter: Basildon Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue