Congratulations – Folkestone & Hythe District Council Spend £1.3 million On Temporary Staff in 19/20

They’ve smashed it. We said they would, we knew they would and they didn’t let us down.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council have spent more money on Temporary Staff in 2019/20 than in any other previous financial year.

In 2017/18 the Council spent £1,043,789 on temporary staff. That was a record.

In 2019/20 between April 1st and March 31st, the Council has spent £1,338,239 on temporary staff. This is an increase of 78.5% on the previous year’s spending, 2018/19, on temporary staff. This is the second time the council has broken the million pound barrier on temporary staff.

We anticipated the final spend total would be in excess of £1.2 back in February when we congratulated the council on setting a new record then. We would ask Dr. Susan Priest (pictured) – Head of Paid Service of FHDC and Cllr David Monk (pictured) explain why spending on temporary staff costs have increased by almost 80%.

Dr Susan Priest1 David-Monk 2 JPG

Temporary staff have been deployed across most Council departments such as finance, planning, legal services, garden maintenance for example. Some departments inevitably need temporary staff, but to justify spending £1.3 million plus when you’re in the middle of an efficiency drive and the council have spent over half a million on redundancy costs makes little if any economic sense.

However, savings do not require that efficiencies be recorded net of up-front investment costs i.e. if you spend money to save money, you count the money saved but not the money spent in the process. By this logic, scrapping posts and hiring in consultants and temporary staff counts as a total saving and this is something our Council like many others will continue to do. As such, we expect to see temporary staff costs to fluctuate for a few years yet.

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1 Comment on Congratulations – Folkestone & Hythe District Council Spend £1.3 million On Temporary Staff in 19/20

  1. doggerbank56 // April 28, 2020 at 15:23 // Reply

    If the Council want to bring housing management back in-house how many staff will they need ?

    Also, will former staff of East Kent Housing (and any other prospective candidate) be willing to work for an organisation that is only prepared to offer them temporary contracts?

    The Council are deliberately creating a two-tier workforce of senior managers and the rest. Temporary staff have their place at times of peak demand but,otherwise organisations need a cadre of loyal and experienced staff.

    Watch out for the finger pointing when things start to go wrong.

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