Serco prison struggles to recruit staff

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

The Centre's Director is quoted in today's Financial Times, commenting on the recruitment crisis at London's flagship private prison, HMP Thameside.

According to the paper, the Serco-run prison is facing difficulties recruiting staff because it pays less than public sector prisons. Newly recruited custody officers at HMP Thameside are paid just £17,350 a year, compared with £24,500 at nearby public sector prisons.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Richard Garside said:

'One of the ways that the private sector can make savings is to drive down wages. This can be shortsighted because it can lead to a demoralised workforce and difficulties recruiting staff of a suitable calibre'.