How universities can manage agency spend and boost recruitment efficiency
Universities in the UK are under a lot of pressure. Years of pandemic-related disruption combined with sustained funding pressure have made cost management a top priority for universities. Staffing costs represent a huge part of this cost management challenge, not just in terms of teaching staff but non-academic staff too, especially those supplied through recruitment agency services for both permanent and temporary positions.
Lots of universities are finding themselves using an inefficient, department-led recruitment approach where different teams contract different agencies when they face a staffing shortage. The result is a range of agencies, pricing models and sourcing methods that are challenging to manage.
This paper will help universities compare and review a number of effective staffing solutions available:
Staffing solution options
- Retainer-based supply arrangements
- Master vendor arrangements
- Managed service arrangements
- Business process outsourcing
The paper also discusses how to make the most of specialist frameworks such as TUCO, SUPC, LUPC, NWUPC and APUC as they can play a crucial role in helping universities navigate these challenges.
Find out more about how technology has the potential to transform university staffing practices.