Identifying emerging workforce challenges across the emergency services

SFJ Awards has launched its 2023 State of the Workforce Survey to identify critical skills and development shortages at an individual, organisational and systemic level to support the UK government and sector leaders as they plan for the workforce of the future.

This is the latest in a series of regular large-scale national surveys to provide a comprehensive picture of new and emerging workforce challenges in emergency and protective services.

Jon Parry is Head of Research at SFJ Awards. He explains, “For over 10 years, our research has helped shape the delivery of workforce initiatives and people strategies, supporting employers to make evidence-based decisions and to target effective resources in their efforts to improve the workplace. Given the current challenges that the sector is facing, the intelligence to better understand the complex skills issues that health and care leaders need to address is more important than ever.”

The State of the Workforce Survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is open to all employees working in operational, non-operational or managerial roles at any level of seniority in the emergency and protective services.

Responses will be treated in strictest confidence and help contribute towards building the evidence base to influence government and key justice sector leaders as they set their workforce priorities.