Manchester City Council

Road to Recovery

As ever trying to catch up so I'm yet again a day behind. Yesterday started with Climate Change, and I'm not talking about getting soaked on the ride into the Town Hall, and finished with City Council Human Resource (i.e. People) issues.

Lot's of things in between including the monthly meeting of our Economy sub-group set up to look at the impact of the recession on the city. We've been meeting since September 2008 and as well as things like the 'Helping Hands' campaign designed to help individuals, families and businesses directly affected by the downturn, we've also looked at a whole range of other things aimed to minimise the damage done to our economy and to make sure we bounce back even stronger. Speed of paying bills, skills, business support, apprenticeships, temporary uses for empty shops, business confidence, city centre residential, district centre performance, are just a small selection of things we have been considering. A key report we look at every month is the economic barometer. For most of this year it has shown month-by-month slight improvements in the economic outlook. This month showed a net increase in unemployment of 26 people, 26 too many but the smallest for over a year, and put together with other indicators suggests that we have at last turned the corner. We're not intending to get too carried away. The recovery is likely to be slow and long and so I intend to keep the group operating for at least the first six months of next year to ensure that we do everything we can in the city to improve our prospects. Clearly there are global economic factors which we can't influence but, taking account of those, we can do things in Manchester that not only improve the city's economic outlook but significantly increase the chances of Manchester people benefiting from the activity that is taking place in the city.

There are 9 responses to “ Road to Recovery”

  1. Mark Says:

    If manchester has turned a corner with regards to unemployment, then why is it still refusing to acknowledge applications from people from do not live with in the city centre?

  2. Dave Says:

    Not in the city centre but outside the borders of the City of Manchester

  3. Jon Redfern, Head of Corporate Personnel Says:

    All applicants for jobs with Manchester City Council receive a letter letting them know if they have been short listed for the next stage in the recruitment process, or whether they have been unsuccessful. This is irrespective of where they live.

    The Council does have a policy of restricting certain vacancies to applicants who live within the boundary of the City of Manchester. This applies to first point of entry positions. The City Council has this policy because the rate of unemployment amongst Manchester residents is so high - twice that across Greater Manchester and the UK as a whole.

    The Council takes its responsibilities to local residents very seriously as part of its overall regeneration strategy for the City of Manchester and the policy is one aspect of the action being taken.

  4. Ann On Says:

    Ah, Mr Redfern, thanks heavens you're still here, I was beginning to worry. I believe that under the post 'Power. What Power?' It was requested several times (posts 12, 14 and 24) that you clarify your comments. Please do the honourable thing and respond. Even if everybody already knows that what you posted was inaccurate.

  5. Dave Says:

    Yes Jon but if you go looking for managers you can live anywhere you like. Before you say it you need to get the best managers for the job no matter were they live, but maybe not so the lower down you go.

  6. Richard Leese Says:

    The Council is also signed up to giving all existing staff wherever they live the opportunity to improve their skills so they can progress to more senior posts rather than having to recruit from outside thus creating more entry level jobs. We do have to get the balance right though. People coming from other employers and other areas bring different experiences that we can learn from.

  7. lizzie Says:

    I have applied for thre jobs over the last 6 months - I am still waiting for a response to let me know if I had been shortlisted - and I work for the council!

  8. squidge Says:

    "The Council is also signed up to giving all existing staff wherever they live the opportunity to improve their skills so they can progress to more senior posts"

    This is entirely down the manager's discretion. For example, I asked a while ago to go on a minute-taking course but was told I couldn't because it wasn't specific to my job. Ironically enough I've been requesting excel training for the last 5 years with no luck and I use excel on a daily basis.

  9. claire Says:

    I have lived in manchester for 40+ years and worked for MCC for 9 years. The team I worked in had 4 senior managers and not one of them lived in Manchester. I ended up leaving because there was no opprtunity for promotion for me. I know of really well qualified Mancs who can get jobs in MCC at entry level and get stuck there.



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