Unison survey reveals more than half of local government staff want to leave

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21st June 2018 16:52 - Local Government

Unison survey reveals more than half of local government staff want to leaveUnison Survey reveals more than half of local government staff want to leave: A recent survey into the experiences of local government workers found 50% are considering quitting their roles in favour of finding less stressful work.

More than half of cited workload being unmanageable (52%) with many having taken on extra work following staff redundancies, while 61% said they regularly work more than they are contracted to in order to meet deadlines.  

Job security was a big worry for many workers, with almost three quarters (73%) seeing redundancies within their departments, something that 60% said made them feel vulnerable in their own roles.

Local services

The survey of 21,000 employees by main local government union, Unison, also found 79 per cent have 'no confidence in the future of services'.

Sixty-seven percent of council workers reported that local residents do not get the help they need, with 54% saying they are not confident that vulnerable people are either safe or cared for.

When asked about the services local councils offer residents, 53 percent do not feel their councils provide quality services - with just under half (48%) sharing that they don't believe their employer makes the right decisions for local residents.

The biggest challenges

Respondents also shed light on what they feel are the greatest challenges facing local councils.  Sixty-four percent said the lack of front-line staff was a significant problem, while 61% said it was declining adult social care, and 47% felt safeguarding children and young people posed a challenge. The survey also found that housing options, or indeed the lack of options (44%), as well as maintaining roads (41%) were top areas of concern.

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.

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