Barcelona City Council is expanding its number of municipal staff and reclaiming direct management of essential public services such as education, social services, public-space ordering, city maintenance, social housing, employment and public health, thereby improving services for city residents. The Human Resources Plan for 2016-2019 is under way to offer a quality and more local public service to city residents and neighbourhoods.
The people interviewed
Under the Human Resources Plan for 2016-2019, the City Council is interviewing professionals in active public duty over their experience and vision. This section shows you the interviews and lets you download the explanatory booklet in PDF format.
The number of municipal staff has been dropping since 2009 owing to a large number of retirements and the legal impossibility of announcing public-sector vacancies. The only spheres where the number of jobs has grown by over 15% over the last decade have been in security, social rights and nursery schools. The rest of the organisation has seen a 10% fall in the number of its staff. As for the number of interim staff, this has risen by 20%, with over 20% of these places being temporary.
Restrictions in incorporating public-sector staff has prevented generational renewals. It is estimated that the average age of staff members in 2015 was 52. Note that out of the six biggest cities in the Spanish state, Barcelona is the one with the least expenditure on staff, behind Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Seville and Zaragoza.
The weakening of this public team has forced the City Council to outsource and privatise its services, thereby reducing its capacity to respond and contributing to unstable employment conditions for workers. The City Council currently has 250 outsourced services, through 900 contracts for direct management, involving the outsourcing of over 15,000 jobs.
The municipal government is aiming to reverse this situation, through the Human Resources Plan for 2016-2019, which has two main goals: offering a quality public service and making this accessible to city residents and neighbourhoods. Hence its focus on covering the most essential jobs and areas worst affected by retirement. A plan that increases the municipal team and which aims to reclaim outsourced intellectual capital. In sum, it is a plan for bringing control of the services back to the City Council and making the Administration more accessible to city residents.
Technically boosting municipal teams
Filling the relevant job vacancies that occur during the municipal government’s term of office
Reclaiming strategic functions that have been outsourced
Boosting the City Council’s functions and territorial structure
Reclaiming human resources in essential areas
The Human Resources Plan for 2016-2019 is divided up into three areas of action: announcing job vacancies for incorporating technical and quality profiles, announcing public-sector job vacancies depending on redundancies and retirement to halt cuts in the numbers of municipal workers and reduce interim staff, and initiatives for the professional development of civil servant staff.
1000 MORE PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS
We are reversing outsourcing and covering new needs through job pools
198 PUBLIC-SERVICE MANAGERS AND LAWYERS
Reducing the outsourcing of services, increasing the legal certainty of the initiatives and reducing tax fraud
155 INSPECTORS AND SUPPORT STAFF
Increasing the number of inspections of illegal housing and municipal-licence violations
134 SOCIAL WORKERS; SOCIAL EDUCATORS; PSYCHOLOGISTS; EDUCATORS
Reducing waiting times and increasing assistance for basic social services and care for children at risk
120 NURSERY SCHOOL EDUCATORS
Internalising outsourced-management nursery schools and putting ten new nursery schools into service during this municipal government’s term of office
100 ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, ECONOMISTS
Reducing the outsourcing of public-works and project-management services and reducing licence and permit-granting times
Reducing the outsourcing of services and using more sustainable work systems for the environment
55 SOCIAL WORKERS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE
Internalising care services for women victims of gender violence
30 COMPUTER SCIENTISTS
Reducing the outsourcing of technical management services for IT and municipal telecommunication systems
Public job offers
Barcelona City Council approved the announcement of 2,421 public-sector job vacancies (competitive recruitment exams), the largest announcement of job vacancies by the City Council. The objective is to consolidate public employment, stabilize temporary employment and reduce temporary civil servants.
Management, Law and Administration: 716
Nursery School Education and Music: 484
Primary and Secondary School Education: 423
Social Services: 251
Guàrdia Urbana [city police]: 169
Architecture and Engineering: 123
Fire Prevention, Extinction and Rescue: 100
Public Health: 55
More than half of these employment offer (1,343) will be convened during the month of January 2019. The call will include 902 posts of technical and technical intermediate and superior, management of general administration, auxiliary of administration and subordinate, more than 320 positions of Guardia Urbana and 121 positions of teachers.
We are promoting the municipal staff’s professional improvement
The City Council is promoting the professional development of its municipal staff through:
An induction plan with basic information that helps with job incorporations and adaptations
Ongoing support and monitoring of their work for the first few months
An apprenticeship process thanks to team work and the sharing of knowledge among colleagues
An extensive training plan that enables improvements to the functions and skills that people have to develop in their work
A professional career for more specialist positions or jobs with more responsibility
766 PLACES FILLED*
The Human Resources Plan began to be implemented in April 2016. Thanks to employment offices, 766 of the 1,003 envisaged vacancies for up to 2019 were filled in December 2018.
Public space and infrastructures
Education, culture and sports
Economy, jobs and taxes
Safety and prevention