People and Organisational Development (POD) costs as a percentage of total staff costs
Up until 2015-16, a key trend being seen on this indicator was that of the People and Organisation Development (POD) costs falling year on year against total staff costs, which had also been reducing over the same periods. This has been positive news and achieved as a result of proactive restructuring. The outcome is that the directorate is now focusing on service improvements with a lean but skilled staffing structure.
In 2015-16 however, a number of savings bids and a projected reduction in staff numbers across the organisation, meant that this trend did not continue in our forecasts. It should be noted that much of the current administrative work in POD was not factored into the POD review outcomes in 2013-14 and has already added increased burden on the directorate.