A FREEZE has been put on recruiting new staff at Staffordshire County Council in a bid to save £1 million.
The authority is assessing every position that becomes vacant when someone leaves, to see if it needs to be filled.
Only positions considered essential will be advertised. There will also be limitations on interim staff and consultants.
It is predicted the move will save £1 million in a year.
Ian Parry, deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, said Staffordshire was a well-run county council that managed and invested taxpayers’ money carefully to improve lives, delivering results and value for money for Staffordshire people.
But the authority also needed to remain flexible to manage increasing demands and keep council tax down.
He said: “Changing our approach to hiring staff continues this sensible financial management, and will help us make sure that we target the money we have where it is needed most.
“When a member of staff leaves we will consider whether recruitment is necessary, so we want to check that option instead of just automatically recruiting. It's basic business practice as organisations evolve and strive to become more efficient. Where it makes sense to recruit then we do but we will firstly look into internal redeployment as an option.”