'The calibre of senior staff is considerably higher than 20 years ago, but recruitment and retention remain problematic.'
'Although salaries overall do seem to be getting more competitive, I see the main problem being within middle to senior manager level pay scales.'
Head of finance - community care and housing,
'We must get better at spotting talent at a much earlier stage and fast-tracking people into top jobs.'
Corporate director for organisational development, Buckinghamshire CC
'I don't think there is a lack of talent. With rapidly changing policies, high expectations and not a lot of cash, we don't do too badly.'
for older people, Bromley LBC
'The private sector has some obvious attractions for specialists, but thankfully there are still talented individuals who remain committed to public service.'
Head of communications, Oldham MBC
'We need to address our poor image and market ourselves better at bright young people who are about to leave full-time education.'
Solihull Community Housing