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An in-house employment agency set up to provide Derbyshire County Council with temporary support staff is claiming to have saved the authority £370,000, according to This is Derbyshire. The service, called Resources@Derbyshire, became the central point for providing temporary cover for business services in April 2012.
Councillor Brian Ridgway, cabinet member for council services, said: Resources@Derbyshire was established in order to reduce costs paid to external agencies. The success of the agency comes at a time when we are having to make significant cuts in our budget.”
Previously, the council used an external agency to provide short-term temporary staff cover. The initial success of Resources@Derbyshire has highlighted the potential for savings to be made with other groups of employees; such as drivers and those carrying out secretarial duties.
The in-house service has proved so successful that cabinet ministers have also agreed to make the agency a permanent service for the recruitment of the council’s entry-level support staff. When possible, the council says it will advertise these vacancies as apprenticeship opportunities.
Mr Ridgway is confident that savings will increase as the service is extended to other departments.
Research from Staffing Industry Analysts suggests that inhouse agencies are generally less successful than 3rd party agencies in competing for talent and speed in filling vacancies.