Published: 06/10/2005 Volume 115 No. 5976 Page 8

Managers were the hardest hit by recruitment freezes across the NHS in the year to July 2005, a survey by NHS Employers has found.

More than half of the 155 trusts which responded to the survey said their organisation had frozen recruitment to managerial positions in the past year.

The survey was conducted before the publication of the government's plans for PCT reconfiguration, which told PCTs to find at least 15 per cent savings from management and administration costs.

The survey found that, in June, the majority of trusts (63 per cent) were not anticipating any redundancies in the following 12 months.

However 25 per cent said there could be redundancies, while 10 per cent said staff would definitely be facing the axe in the next year.

Of the 10 per cent of trusts anticipating redundancies, the highest number (42 per cent) were expecting them to be among managerial posts, while 30 per cent expected the cuts to be made in administration.

NHS Employers head of recruitment, retention and return Foluke Ajayi said the survey would help shape their strategy 'so that we can target future work around issues that NHS employers have told us are most important to them, and that future recruitment strategies focus on those people that the service most needs to bring in'.

The survey also found that 86 per cent of respondents' trusts had hard-to-fill posts, chiefly allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and doctors, although 43 per cent said they are oversubscribed for posts in the 'wider healthcare team' such as porters and receptionists.

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