Monday, 13 February 2017

Wrexham Council makes 700 staff redundant - but employs 99 agency workers at a cost of £2.2m

Wrexham Council is employing 99 agency workers despite having made nearly 700 staff redundant in the past four years, research by Plaid Cymru locally has revealed.

The Freedom of Information request (see below) also showed that the longest of those temporary workers' contracts was three years and 364 days.

The cost of employing staff through agencies in the past financial year alone was £2.2 million - with just 30% going to agencies based in Wrexham.

Marc Jones, Plaid Cymru's Wrexham chairperson, said:
"Wrexham Council has spent millions on paying redundancy money - £6.7 million in the past four years alone for 700 staff - and then takes on nearly 100 people through agencies.
"There may be a good reason why they should do that in exceptional cases and as a temporary measure but having people on 'temporary' contracts for four years is very odd, to say the least.

"It's also disappointing to see that, yet again, Wrexham Council wants to spend our public money on agencies based in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds with just one Wrexham-based agency in the top 20. One agency - Eden Brown Synergy - with branches in London, Manchester and Leeds picked up £540,000 in total - more than £10,000 a week.
"By contrast, GAP Personnel - the only agency on this list with its HQ based in Wrexham - received just £6,000 of council agency work in the entire year.
"Many of these agencies specialise in social work and social care, yet Wrexham Council closed Nant Silyn care home stating there was no demand.

"I think people facing more and more council cuts are entitled to ask what we're getting for our money from these agency workers that we couldn't get from council employees. We're also entitled to know whether Wrexham Council is looking to expand its use of agency workers and further reduce direct staffing."

Details of the FOI response:

Wrexham County Borough Council

Response/Digest FOI:  6590

Department: Corporate & Customer Services (Human Resources)

HR does hold the information requested.

Re the 694 redundancies/job losses between April 2012 and April 2016 at WCBC:

The reference to 694 redundancies  / job losses has been derived by subtracting the number of staff employed by Wrexham County Borough Council in 2012 (6,503) from the number of staff employed in 2016 (5,809). This information is included on page 17 of the Difficult Decisions consultation document 2017 /18. These figures include posts that remain vacant as a consequence of not only redundancy but natural wastage during this period.

  1. How much was paid out in lump sums to these workers?

The number of voluntary and compulsory redundancies during this period was 522. The lump sums paid to them totalled £6,715,133

2. How many were part-time and full-time?

376 full-time 146 part-time

Of the current staff:

  1. How many are directly employed by WCBC? (please break down into education and non-education)

Wrexham Council employs 5447 members of staff (Headcount). The table below shows the number of employees in each category as requested, however if an employee has an additional post/s in more than one category then they will be counted for the number of times they appear therefore the total below may not correspond with the unique employee headcount above.

Education Department

  1. How many are employed via agencies on temporary contracts to provide council services?

Wrexham Council currently has 99 active agency worker placements as of 19th December 2016.

  1. In what departments are they employed?

Total Placements
Adult Social Care
Children Social Care
Corporate & Customer Services
Environment & Planning
Housing & Economy
Grand Total

  1. What is the longest temporary contract a member of staff (either direct or via an agency) has been on?

The longest temporary contract directly employed by Wrexham Council is 3 years and 364 days. The longest engagement via an employment agency for Wrexham Council is 2 years and 7 months.

     5. Please list the employment agencies used and the amount of money paid to each one in the last financial year.

Sum of Client Net
Coyle Personnel Plc - Harrow
Kenyon Block Consultants - Enfield
Building Careers UK Ltd - North West
Danluker Limited T/A Supply Care - Woodford
Crownwell Recruitment Kent Ltd, T/A Best Recruitment Network - Crownwell Recruitment Kent Ltd, T/A Best Recruitment Network
STR Group Ltd - Portsmouth
4Public Sector Ltd - London
Just One Recruitment & Training Ltd - Liverpool
Entrust Social Care Limited - Entrust Social Care
Deekay Technical Recruitment Limited - Manchester
Nation Recruit Ltd - Prestatyn
Zen Personnel - Boardman House
Triumph Consultants Ltd - Beckenham
Care4Health Ltd (Previously Medical Management T/A Universal Locums) – Hallow
Gap Personnel Holdings Ltd - Wrexham
Ackerman Pierce Ltd - Ackerman Pierce Ltd
Service Care Solutions Ltd - Preston
Elite Nationwide Recruiters Limited - London Office
Essential Employment Ltd - Blackburn
Search Consultancy Ltd - Manchester
Randstad Care (Formally Beresford Blake Thomas) - Manchester
Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd - Manchester
Independent Living Options - Wrexham
Executive Resource Group - Birmingham
Eden Brown Synergy - Leeds
Caritas Recruitment - Caritas Recruitment - Qualified
Recroot – Suffolk
Total Assist Care Limited - London
Caritas Recruitment - London
One Call Your Call Ltd - Station House
LSG recruitment Limited T/A Social Personnel - Social Personnel
HBHC Synergy Limited - Leeds
Barker Ross Health & Social Care TA Cardea - Cardea Resourcing Limited
Recruitment Team Nine Ltd - Potters Bar
Client Directs Limited - CDL
Sanctuary Personnel Ltd - Sanctuary Personnel Ltd
Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd - Liverpool
Tempest Resourcing Limited - London
Liquid Personnel Ltd - Manchester
Reed Employment - Liverpool
HCL Social Care t/a Bluecare - London
Eden Brown Synergy - London
Eden Brown Synergy - Manchester
Clockwork Organisation t/a Travail Employment Group - Wrexham
Grand Total


Anonymous said...

By tendering all services out to agencies and charities they hold the purse strings but don't have the same responsibility if things go wrong !! Do as I say, not as I do. Agencies and charities don't waste public money but It is privatisation under our nose, NHS joining in.

Paul Roberts said...

What are the savings on making 700 staff redundant ?