Half of Kingston Council staff 'not satisfied' with their jobs

This Is Local London: Dissatisfied: nearly half of Kingston Council workers unhappy Dissatisfied: nearly half of Kingston Council workers unhappy

Nearly half of Kingston Council staff are not satisfied with their jobs, a survey has revealed.

Just 53 percent of staff said they were satisfied and, although the figure is the same as in 2011, a higher proportion of workers responded to the survey this year.

More than 80 per cent said they were satisfied with their relationships with colleagues, and nearly three-quarters with work safety.

Between 34 and 36 percent of workers said they were dissatisfied in key areas like workload, job security, and the amount of administrative paper-shuffling.

New Malden Councillor Lynne Finnerty said on Twitter: “Conclusion – must do better”.

A report on the survey prepared for councillors said: “Relationships with colleagues, line managers and the public maintain similar levels of satisfaction to previous surveys, although relationships with clients and colleagues have reduced slightly since 2011.

“Flexible working has been used effectively to reduce the impact of longer hours working, and there is scope to extend measures.

“However, there may also be a need to review current working practices, especially in the departments, jobs and grades where levels of workload pressure and stress are high and work/life balance has diminished.”

What council staff said:

Job satisfaction in 2013 / 2011

  • Relations with colleagues 83% / 88%
  • Being able to do a good job 65% / 68%
  • Quality of service offered to public 62% / 62%

Dissatisfaction in 2013 / 2011

  • Staff levels to do job 44% / 50%
  • Your basic pay 39% / 33%
  • Amount of pressure experienced 39% / 37%
 

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11:56am Tue 3 Dec 13

DB says...

That is a shame, but I am sure the high salaries and gold plated pensions relative to the private sector will compensate to a certain extent.
That is a shame, but I am sure the high salaries and gold plated pensions relative to the private sector will compensate to a certain extent. DB

12:28pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mikenm says...

If only the government and media inspired belief in the myth of high salaries and gold plated pensions in the local government sector were true.

The high salaries only exist in the upper echelons, and even then thy're low compared to the private sector (especially in the media and government).

It's true that the final salary pensions are stil in place, but gold they're not, and increasingly less so. It's a great shame that the private sector just allowed their pensions to be ripped away from them, not to mention the government inspired Equitable Life scheme scandal..

I've worked in both sectors.so know the reality.
If only the government and media inspired belief in the myth of high salaries and gold plated pensions in the local government sector were true. The high salaries only exist in the upper echelons, and even then thy're low compared to the private sector (especially in the media and government). It's true that the final salary pensions are stil in place, but gold they're not, and increasingly less so. It's a great shame that the private sector just allowed their pensions to be ripped away from them, not to mention the government inspired Equitable Life scheme scandal.. I've worked in both sectors.so know the reality. mikenm

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