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Workforce planning involves analysing our current workforce, determining future workforce needs, identifying the gap between the present and the future, and implementing solutions. At the University of Manchester, our people and the skills they offer are key to the successful delivery of the strategic plan. This success won’t happen by chance, we need to ensure that our workforce requirements are carefully considered, planned, measured and optimised. In short, it is about getting the right number of people with the right skills employed in the right place at the right time. 

There are many advantages to workforce planning, including:

  • Clearer development opportunities
  • More robust talent pipeline and succession planning
  • Improved resilience and flexibility
  • Reduced hiring costs
  • Reduced turnover