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Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734
Incorporates: Management Development Review

Online from: 2002

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Workforce planning helps Birmingham to ride storms of change: City council seeks to avoid knee-jerk reactions

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Title:Workforce planning helps Birmingham to ride storms of change: City council seeks to avoid knee-jerk reactions
Author(s):Alan Rudge, (Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources at Birmingham City Council, Birmingham, UK)
Citation:Alan Rudge, (2011) "Workforce planning helps Birmingham to ride storms of change: City council seeks to avoid knee-jerk reactions", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 Iss: 1, pp.12 - 14
Keywords:Innovation, Manpower planning, Public administration, Succession planning
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/09670731111101534 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeDescribes how workforce planning, talent management and the improved use of human-resource information and workforce market intelligence have supported Birmingham City Council to respond to current financial pressures.

Design/methodology/approachDraws on the work undertaken by the workforce intelligence and planning team, which is a center of excellence in the new HR structure built through the award-winning project, Excellence in People Management, to redesign the HR service in Birmingham City Council.

FindingsArgues that a structured and strategic approach to workforce planning provides an effective framework to manage the financial situation the city council faces.

Practical implicationsShows that workforce planning needs to be driven by service-delivery requirements and therefore integrating service, financial and workforce planning is the key to delivering workforce efficiencies.

Social implicationsReveals one way in which public authorities can squeeze more out of ever-tighter budgets.

Originality/valueDemonstrates that implementing workforce intelligence and planning has resulted in direct, positive influences on directorates and improved performance against financial constraints.

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