Recruitment and Retention
The Local Government Recruitment and Retention Programme is a sector-wide, national programme to help address recruitment and retention issues the local government sector in New Zealand.
SOLGM was tasked by its membership to take a lead in this work programme.
Nationwide approach to address recruitment and retention issues in local government
In 2005, the Metropolitan Chief Executives invited SOLGM to undertake a sector-wide, national project to investigate the growing issues facing talent recruitment and to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies for the local government sector.
Based on the research conducted in 2005, the factors that contribute to key skill shortages in local government are:
- Labour market is tight
- There is ongoing competition for talented people with the private sector and central government.
- More and more people are going overseas for better work opportunities
- Public perception of local government being bureaucratic and rigid
- Lack of awareness about local government and the diverse career opportunities available in the sector
- Lack of industry training for local government professionals.
Click here to find the latest Recruitment and Retention Programme newsletters.
A Recruitment and Retention Reference Group consists of local government practitioners who are passionate in advancing the goals of the programme.Read More
Find out the key achievements of the Recruitment and Retention Programme.Read More
SOLGM allocates Academic Prizes in seven universities throughout New Zealand on specific papers that are related to key areas in local government.Read More
People Shaping Progress embodies the positive and rewarding aspect of working in local government: the opportunity to make a difference and contribute to community progress.Read More