Council chiefs expect more job cuts

More than half of council chief executives believe further job cuts will be necessary over the next 18 months, a new survey has found.

According to its findings, 57% of chief executives and 43% of council leaders thought major headcount reductions were “very likely” in the light of the economic recession.

The KPMG/Total Politics research underscores the findings of LGC‘s own research earlier this month which indicated 56% of chief executives and senior managers expected to lose at least one in 10 staff over the next five years.

The latest survey found chiefs at unitary and metropolitan councils most resolute about the likelihood of staff reductions.

Generally, council leaders were more optimistic about the likelihood of job cuts than their chiefs, however 50% of shire council leaders thought headcount reductions were very likely, compared with 33% of their chiefs.

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