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My deputy manager has been off long term sick, we are in the process of deciding whether she should In fact leave as she will not be in great health for a very long time. I need to take a bit of time of soon, so was wondering can I promote someone within the workplace temporarily until I have had a chance to advertise the job and interview etc? I understand it is a legal requirement to advertise for a position, but I did think this other staff member might return, but as that is not looking likely and I need time off (short hospital trip) I do need to make sure things are in place before I'm off. Has anyone had to deal with this or had similar? Please help.

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I'm not 100% up to date on employment law, but I'm pretty sure you can still advertise internally first.

 

You would need to ensure everyone within the setting had a fair chance of applying though- not just one the person who you want. Meaning if its a L3 post then all staff with a L3 must be able to apply.

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It is perfectly acceptable to ask another person to act up into a post whilst it is under review. Once the position has been reviewed and the job description updated, that person can apply along with everyone else.

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We did what Louby-loo said

Even though our advisors (when we had them) said that it wasn't covering Equal Opps - all staff were given the chance to go for the role; lots of other companies promote within

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Even though our advisors (when we had them) said that it wasn't covering Equal Opps - all staff were given the chance to go for the role; lots of other companies promote within

 

Some times I think advisors get a bit carried away! :lol: :lol:

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I asked one of my staff to stand in temporarily with the understanding that it was only for a set amount of time until we advertised and employed a replacement. She didn't want to be a deputy and was quite happy with her job role as it was, but stood in until we had a replacement.

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Hello

 

Sorry to jump on this post but it is sort of relevant.

 

Our deputy manager left last month, we have advertised for two weeks and only had one applicant.

 

Internal staff do not want the extra responsibility although are happy to stand in for the manager if she is not in for a day or so.... so it's left me looking at the job description which is quite long and wondering do we really need a deputy to take on so much.

 

Our manager is a full time member of staff so it is only on the odd occasion we need a named Deputy. Maybe once or twice a month.

 

So my question is what must the named Deputy be responsible for. Is there a difference between named Deputy/deputy manager.

 

We are a Committee run Pre-school. I am the chair.

 

Thank you

C

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I think it would depend on the skills of the rest of your staff. My deputy is SENCO, deputy lead safeguarding, lead on planning, lead on equality basically everything I am not (in name). As manager I am lead safeguarding, behaviour, health and safety.

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My Deputy Manager, stepped in for me if I was off. was Safeguarding Lead and was the person we all went to for all things medical! but more importantly she was my rock I could not have done my job without her by my side.

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Deputy/named deputy - same thing.. it needs to be someone who could take over the running of the setting at anytime should the manager be off . While we all hope it will never happen, there is no guarantee that the manager/leader will become unavailable for work for a longer period of time than one or two days.

 

Happened to me and I was so thankful that I had 2 deputies who job shared in place to take over the setting for the 7 weeks I was off.. They were also able to work togehter being a manager and deputy during that period .

 

I could not have done the job without them, as they took some of the key roles releasing me from SenCo , H&S, equality and many more of the roles. We were all level 3 staff so all had an additional role and deputy for that role.. I know many cannot have that luxury but a good deputy is worth their weight in gold.

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I think it would depend on the skills of the rest of your staff. My deputy is SENCO, deputy lead safeguarding, lead on planning, lead on equality basically everything I am not (in name). As manager I am lead safeguarding, behaviour, health and safety.

 

Sounds like same jobs role me and my deputy have! works really well between us, although my third in charge is the ENCO

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Thanks all. I am going to review the job description, we just aren't getting applicants and current staff don't wish to take on extra work although we already share the roles mentioned such as safeguarding, senco etc amongst our Level 3 staff and manager.

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