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SPECIALIST JOB AGENCY TO CLOSE

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Metra Services, the local government recruitment agency set up by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, is t...
Metra Services, the local government recruitment agency set up by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, is to close.

The agency was formed to promote local government careers in response to severe skills shortages in 1989.

Executive director Carl Gilleard said he regretted not being able to get more than 10% of councils signed up.

Local authorities preferred to pay for services when they used them rather than buy subscriptions, he said.

He predicted demand for a local government recruitment agency would grow, and said it made sense for employers to organise their own provision.
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