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Talent management in Higher Education: Is turnover relevant?

Gandy, RJ, Harrison, PA and Gold, J (2018) Talent management in Higher Education: Is turnover relevant? European Journal of Training and Development, 42 (9). pp. 597-610. ISSN 2046-9012

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Institution-wide staff turnover in universities might be considered satisfactory , but can mask wide counterbalancing patterns between departments and different staff. This paper explores the benefits of detailed turnover analysis in managing talent in the complex changing landscape of Higher Education in the UK. Staff turnover was analysed for both new recruits and staff leaving, as well as net turnover. The inverted Nomogramma di Gandy highlighted overall patterns and outliers. Staff characteristics examined included: age, gender, staff type and contractual status. There were (wide) variations in staff turnover for age, gender and type of contract, with particularly high turnover for research staff (influenced by the use of fixed-term contracts). This disproportionately affected younger staff, who are more likely than their elders to seek employment elsewhere, but might stay if there are career opportunities and development. Practical processes are suggested to improve intelligence that enables the best talent to be identified and retained, support a life-span perspective and inform emerging issues such as gender pay differentials. Given the increasing complexity of managing talent in universities, with their predominantly knowledge-type employees, the research serves to highlight that high localized staff turnover can adversely impact on a university s research capacity, which in turn presents risks to the achievement of its strategic aims and objectives. Therefore detailed scrutiny of staff turnover dynamics can pinpoint where recruitment and retention policies and practice require focus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fixed-term Contracts; Generation Y; Higher Education; Inverted Nomogramma di Gandy; Staff Turnover; Talent Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:11
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/EJTD-11-2017-0099
Editors: Garavan, T
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9124
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