Recruitment and retention

Taking action to: recruit and retain the right workforce; address key future occupational skill shortages; promote jobs and careers; identify, develop and motivate talent and address diversity issues.


The LGA Consultancy offers the following products and services to improve recruitment and retention:

Recruitment of chief officers and chief executives

Recruiting senior managers in local government is a resource-intensive exercise, often fraught with political sensitivities, requiring market knowledge of the local government employment sector.

The LGA wants to support councils which have not got the in-house expertise required to recruit to senior positions. The LGA Consultancy can provide councils with independent, expert knowledge and technical advice to help their in-house teams.

With the experience gained through dealing with its members, expertise on pay, job evaluations and HR strategies, the LGA can provide support with all – or selected – parts of the recruitment process; starting from when you receive a resignation letter to sending out a job offer.

We possess expertise in the following areas:

  • carrying out exit interviews to analyse job and organisational issues
  • drafting job descriptions and person specifications
  • preparing advertisements and placing these with the appropriate media
  • preparing recruitment information packs
  • managing the response handling service
  • advising on short-listing and recruitment processes
  • carrying out ‘long-listing’ and preliminary interviews
  • undertaking a full testing and assessment process – including providing feedback to interviewees
  • attending interviews to advise panels on process and technical support
  • concluding job offers and agreeing benefits packages
  • record keeping and monitoring/analysis of recruitment statistics and information
  • training HR, line managers, chief officers and/or members in recruitment and selection
  • re-writing recruitment policies and procedures
  • checking and/or writing equalities policies that impact on recruitment and retention.

The LGA Consultancy provides a flexible, practical and results driven approach which remains at all times cost effective. Should you wish to discuss where the LGA may be able to help please contact: stephen.cooper@local.gov.uk.