Serco prison struggles to recruit staff

Date: 
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'.