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Bosses put under utilised staff on skills secondment’ website

PUBLISHED: 18:06 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

A NEW scheme letting company bosses sell’ the working time of their skilled staff has been set up cope with the recession. It allows organisations to register workers currently under-utilised or in a redeployment pool because of the downturn in business

By Mike Brooke

A NEW scheme letting company bosses sell’ the working time of their skilled staff has been set up cope with the recession.

It allows organisations to register workers currently under-utilised or in a redeployment pool because of the downturn in business.

The TUC is backing a staff share’ website which is offering the time’ of skilled workers on short or medium term secondment’ basis—initially aimed at charities and the voluntary sector.

“All sectors of the economy are under pressure to work smarter and be more productive,” said Phil Flaxton, head of Work Wise UK, the not-for-profit organisation behind the scheme.

“The credit crunch has seen companies of all sizes forced to reduce their running costs.

“But this can help offer skilled staff to charity and other organisations instead of losing them during a period of economic adjustment.’

“Specialist expertise can be traded with secondments without risk of losing skills, intellectual property or market intelligence.”

The trade union movement is behind the idea to keep people in jobs while allowing Third Sector organisations to buy in’ temporary specialist expertise they need, such as how to fundraise, applying for grants and end-of-year accounting.

TUC general secretary Brandan Barber said: “This is needed if we’re to avoid human tragedies and wasting talent when companies rush prematurely into redundancies just because conditions get tough.”

Supporters also include the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, BT, Transport for London and the RAC Foundation.

The StaffShare pilot starts this month, with companies now registering online which can be used by charities and Third Sector organisations searching for available expertise.


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