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1 in 5 Harrogate council staff live outside the district

1 in 5 Harrogate council staff live outside the district

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Lachlan Leeming at 1:16pm 18th March 2019.

The number of Harrogate Borough Council staff living outside of the district has steadily risen over the last four years, with one in five staff now based outside of the borough.

  • Figures show the number of Harrogate council staff living outside the district has risen by seven per cent since 2015
  • The biggest changes to staff living locations were in community services, which includes housing, parks and environment, and safer communities

Statistics obtained via Freedom of Information request show that, as of April 2018, 20 per cent of the council’s workforce were living outside the authority’s boundaries – up from 13 per cent in 2015.

The total number of employees at the council was 1,131 in both years, but staffing levels rose in between – up to 1,151 in 2015 and 1,152 in 2016.

The sectors which experienced the biggest changes in staff’s living locations were community – which includes housing, parks and environment, and safer communities – which rose from 74 in 2015 to 115 in 2018.

Likewise, the amount of economy and culture staff – including culture, tourism and sport, and planning and economic development – rose from 44 in 2015 to 70 in 2018.

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