CIPD calls for Public Sector Job Cut Audit

Recently the latest JobsMarket survey conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG showed that both permanent and temporary staff appointments rose at a slower rate in March 2011 when compared with February 2011. However the real concern was in the difference between private sector and public sector job offers and losses. According to the Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) the UK currently has a two speed labour market with the private sector driving ahead while the public sector sees major cutbacks.

Mr Philpott recently said that “the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts contradict many independent estimates of the emerging scale of public sector job reductions published by the CIPD, employers’ organisations, trade unions and professional bodies. Such estimates not only point to a larger overall scale of employment reductions but also, and perhaps more significantly for the wider labour market, suggest much larger reductions than the OBR in the current and next financial years.”

“The CIPD therefore recommends that the government should at the earliest opportunity publish a comprehensive administrative audit of public-sector jobs cuts. Ideally, this would include information on the ways in which reductions are being undertaken, whether through compulsory or voluntary redundancies, recruitment freezes or natural turnover. There is a wide confidence interval between the wilder upper-end of speculation on likely public-sector job losses and the most optimistic end of the scale. A comprehensive audit of this kind would help close this gap, giving far greater clarity to ongoing debate about the scale and phasing of public-sector job cuts and improving assessment of the possible impact on unemployment at the national, regional and local levels.”

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