Headlines: April 23rd, 2003

Line managers in the National Assembly for Wales are being given greater responsibility for human resources management. The HR system is to be replaced by automated procedures that will allow the 4000 managers and staff to maintain their own personal records.The new system will include employee recruitment and training software modules, all of which will be accessible through the Assembly’s intranet. The system will help the HR department identify staff training and development needs and to manage performance.

The Assembly believes that automating administration procedures will increase the accuracy of personnel data. The system will be used to inform business decisions across the Assembly and it will be linked to other corporate systems to provide more consistent and better quality management data.

The new technology, which is supplied by Snowdrop Systems, a leading HR and payroll software provider, will allow HR professionals to spend more time on the strategic issues and less on administration, data processing, and operational and routine tasks.