Use of Agency Staff in Public Sector
Summary & aims
This research was undertaken in two stages. The first stage consisted of a systematic literature review to establish the current evidence base, along with interviews with pay experts. The second stage involved the gathering and analysis of new qualitative information. This included in-depth qualitative interviews with public sector employers and recruitment agencies, as well as conducting focus groups with agency staff currently working within the public sector.
Timescale and funder
The evaluation is funded by the Office of Manpower Economics. It began in March 2016 and was published in December 2016.
Agencies help address teacher shortages but risk exposing schools to market forces, NIESR blog by Johnny Runge
Staffing crisis pushes NHS staff into agency working, NIESR blog by Nathan Hudson-Sharp