Borough’s temporary workers bill doubles in the space of five years

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2018

Bromley council offices

Bromley council offices


Temporary workers are costing Bromley Council more than double what they were five years ago, a new report has shown.

Agency staff are costing Bromley taxpayers £13.9m as councils across the capital struggle to recruit and retain permanent workers.

It comes ahead of a meeting on Thursday, October 11, where the council’s spend will be scrutinised.

According to a report, the total cost of agency workers has more than doubled since 2013’s £5.5m. In the last year, £13.9m has been spent on temporary workers, £2.6m more than in 2016/17 and £5.5m more than 2015/16.

The education and children’s department makes up £7.8m of the costs, followed by care services at £4.1m and environmental services at £872k.

The report explains: “An agency appointment should be for a maximum of a six-month period except in relation to education, care and health social care services where the national recruitment shortage means that the use of temporary agency staff is much more prevalent and there is a necessity to ensure statutory obligations are met.”

Temporary senior managers have also cost the council as it improves its children’s services following a disappointing 2016 Ofsted rating.

“These individuals have strong proven track records of delivering excellent services and appointments made are often on the strong recommendations of Inspectors”, officers said.

Bromley’s spend is lower than other London boroughs, some of which spend upwards of £30m.

A council spokesman said: “Bromley Council’s spend on agency staff at £13.9 million for 2017/18 is well below the London average of £19 million based on 28 of 32 boroughs that replied to a London Councils’ survey.

“Local authorities in London have for some time experienced difficulty recruiting people with the requisite skills for a number of council positions, and in particular finding experienced social workers.

“Bromley works hard to minimise the use of agency staff as far as possible using measures to attract and retain its own good quality people.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Yesterday, 08:29

London City Royals put a brave face on back-to-back losses at Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix over the weekend.

Yesterday, 07:00

Volunteers in Penge have been left dismayed after a pair of vandals destroyed a poppy display at the war memorial.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Neil Smith hopes Bromley can begin the start of a lengthy run in this season’s FA Cup with victory at Gloucester City on Saturday.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Following the incredible sell-out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the number one best-selling author Peter James is back with a spine-tingling new world premiere play, The House On Cold Hill, coming to the Orchard Theatre in January.

Most read

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24