Building capability in the Senior Civil Service to meet today's challenges

Building capability in the Senior Civil Service to meet today's challenges

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The Government now accepts the urgent need for a leadership group that can think across departmental boundaries and lead change but there is still a long way to go to change the long-standing culture of the Senior Civil Service. The NAO watchdog welcomed the ambition of the Civil Service Reform Plan and emphasised the urgent need to make progress, given that the plan underpinned the Government's chances of achieving further efficiency savings. At present there are significant skills shortages, particularly in the areas of commerce, project management, digital delivery and change leadership. In December 2012, only four out of 15 Permanent Secretaries at major delivery departments had significant operational delivery and commercial experience. The 24 professional networks in the civil service lack influence across departmental 'silos' and may not be the right groupings to meet the needs of the modern service. The Government intends to open up the service, with more internal transfers and free flow of skills to and from the private sector, and build on an approach already in place for the top 200. But the proportion of new recruits from the private sector fell in 2009-10 as departments cut spending, and has yet to recover. Promotion to the Senior Civil Service is becoming so financially unattractive as to put off talented people. The NAO warns that the latest moves to increase pay flexibility and offer incentives for business critical roles may not be enough to recruit, motivate and retain the right people.Great Britain: National Audit Office. 9 The government has taken steps to manage the performance of senior civil servants more effectively, but it has yet to achieve real ... past there was limited maintenance of the civil servicea#39;s leadership pipeline, a new corporate approach is now in development. ... Efforts to address it have included departmental Capability Reviews and the work of the National School ofanbsp;...

Title:Building capability in the Senior Civil Service to meet today's challenges
Author: Great Britain: National Audit Office
Publisher:Stationery Office - 2013-06-19

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