Lizzy Grayson, Buyer – Corporate & People Services at YPO – marks the first anniversary of the company’s flexible framework for HR services by explaining how an innovative approach to temporary staffing will help to achieve better outcomes in recruitment strategy.

The issues surrounding temporary recruitment is one of the most complex categories HR professionals in local authorities face today.

Well-established delivery models designed to simplify and streamline the process have created a situation where the needs of an authority are often shoe-horned into pre-determined delivery models. For example, neutral, master and hybrid vendor models are regularly adopted. This results in an unclear recruitment strategy for temporary employees.

Normally, when authorities are looking to procure services, the first consideration is ‘what’s needed?’ So why with temporary labour do they start with ‘which delivery model?’ 

Increasingly, providers are looking to push boundaries to develop more flexible solutions that meet the specific needs of the organisation. At YPO our HR Services and Solutions framework is currently celebrating its first anniversary having been established to support authorities through change, business transformation, budget pressures and headcount reductions. It enables local authorities and wider public sector organisations to scope a solution which reflects their likely needs, providing a cost-effective and flexible way of delivering and managing a wider range of temporary staffing.

Joining the dots between demand and supply, particularly regarding temporary recruitment can be a challenge. Here are five questions which can be used to assess your temporary recruitment:

  • Is your current recruitment model outcome focused?

A tender specification should be about the outcomes you wish to achieve through your agency staffing contract.

  • How do your outcomes support your recruitment strategy?

For example, there is a time and a place for agency staffing. Procuring an agency worker might be the most cost effective solution for a particular situation.

  • Does social value play a role?

Think about how social value can be adapted into your specifications, such as engagement with unemployed individuals and job centres, apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and local community engagement.

  • How can your temporary recruitment fit with talent pools management, redeployment solutions and your permanent recruitment outcomes?

Consider ways in which your recruitment strategy can be integrated.

  • What’s your tender process?

To make sure your tender process reflects your requirements it should describe a solution that meets your needs and offer the provider as much information as possible about your current situation. From this approach will come an innovative response to your recruitment and social value requirements.

A provider should be your partner and constantly shaping a service to meet your requirements – it’s much more than just fitting into the traditional models.

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About The Author

Category Buyer Corporate and People Services

Lizzy started working at YPO in April 2015 and is a Category Buyer for the Corporate and People Services team. Lizzy joined YPO from one of the member authorities where she was the Category Manager for Office Equipment and related services and Commissioning services. Lizzy brings to the team a good understanding of the public sector and knows that the stakeholders are key. Lizzy is MCIPS qualified and is proud to work at YPO to help develop the partnerships within local government.