15th August 2022

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Councils on hiring spree during Covid-19 crisis

A MAJOR incident response manager, ecologist, music teacher and cleaners are among the recruits being hired by Carmarthenshire and Swansea councils.

The civil contingencies manager will ensure Carmarthenshire Council has robust procedures in place to respond to major incidents.

The post comes with a salary of £38,813 to £42,683, with applications due in by June 21.

The ecologist will work in the planning department with the rural conservation team and help ensure the council complies with the 2016 Environment (Wales) Act, among other roles.

The chosen candidate can expect to earn £31,371 to £34,788.

Last week the council issued a plea for up to 300 cleaning staff for schools and council buildings to help ensure key services could re-open.

The temporary cleaners, it said, were needed in areas including Ammanford, Carmarthen, Glanamman, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llanelli, Newcastle Emlyn and Whitland.

Cllr Mair Stephens, executive board member for recruitment and training, said: “We are urging people who are in a position to apply, especially those living in communities near schools or buildings, to contact us.”

In Swansea, a short-term vacancy from September 1 is being advertised for a music teacher at Penyrheol Comprehensive School to cover the final six weeks of maternity leave.

Social workers are also being hired, plus a senior education officer to oversee the school curriculum and liaise with institutions such as Gower College Swansea.

The deadline to apply for the education strategic coordinator role, which comes with a salary of £50,561 to £55,585, was midnight on June 15.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said 59 new starters had joined during the lockdown to date, compared to 78 in the same period last year.

No staff, it said, had been made redundant or furloughed.

The spokesman added that a coronavirus-related recruitment campaign for temporary social care staff had generated 205 applications.

The Local Democracy Reporter Service asked Carmarthenshire Council how many new employees it had taken on since the lockdown, and if anyone had been made redundant or furloughed, but it didn’t respond at the time of going to press.

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