Birmingham City Council is one of the largest district authorities in the UK, responsible for over a million people. As such, it requires a significant number of staff to keep everything working as intended, employing over 12,000 people in total. Tom Harwood is one of Birmingham City Council’s Heads of Office, responsible for recruiting people to his department, and he talked to us about the challenges that Vivid helped him out with.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Birmingham City Council was faced with an increased need for public health workers to deal with the impact of the coronavirus. However, the pandemic had also significantly reduced the amount of available talent due to illness and workers leaving the sector out of concern. With COVID both increasing demand and reducing the supply of essential candidates, Tom contacted Vivid Resourcing to see if we could help with his staffing needs.
Tom was in need of agency workers who could fill the council’s demand in the short term, for between three and six months. The first challenge came once again from COVID-19. Not only had the available talent pool shrunk due to the pandemic, but the candidates who were still part of the job market were in much higher demand, so competition was fierce.
In addition, the candidates needed to have specific public health qualifications in order to do the job effectively. At higher levels, all candidates would have to be registered with either the General Medical Council (GMC) or the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR), which further narrowed the talent pool.
*Tom Harwood – Head of Office at Birmingham City Council