Recruitment & Skills Insights Report, 2023

28 September 2023

This Recruitment and Skills Report: Public Sector Placemakers presents our findings on the skills, recruitment, and retention challenges facing local government in 2022-2023.

Through an officer survey, expert roundtable discussion, and insights from our Associate Programme, the report highlights some key issues surrounding placemaking capabilities in the public sector in 2023.

Key Findings

  • Misalignment between hiring plans and skills needed

  • Difficulty attracting built environment talent

  • Impact on delivery due to capacity shortgage

In 2022, Public Practice conducted a Resourcing and Skills Survey. In February 2023, we conducted a further survey to compare results and understand the challenges and changes officers have faced in the last 12 months.

Through our ongoing work we collect a number of insights from built environment professionals and public sector hiring managers.

Using the salary information we receive when Authorities submit an Expression of Interest, we have identified a typical salary range for three types of Urban Design roles.

In September 2023, we shared the initial findings of this report with a select panel of industry experts.

As councils, we need to break free from doing things the way they have always been done and create a culture of innovation and continuous learning.
Sally Herbert, Service Manager in Engineering Consultancy Services at Newcastle City Council

Read the Full Report

You can read the full report by following the link below.


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