Hays Director says 45% of Public Sector Workers face redundancy

Key Points from the report:

  • 45% of public sector workers face the prospect of redundancy
  • 80% of employers say that job security uncertainty is stopping people from looking for work in the sector
  • 51% of employers say that changes to benefits are stopping people from looking for work in the sector
  • 39% of employers say that scrutiny over pay is stopping people from looking for work in the sector
  • 60% of employers believe voluntary redundancy and retirement schemes are resulting in a loss of the best people

The Public Services Director of Hays, Andy Robling, said that “With such a widespread exodus of staff, it is highly likely that frontline services will be affected. Employers have to make cuts and drive cost savings, but they are also faced with increased demand for many frontline services, such as healthcare and education. The combination of pay scrutiny, fears around job security and critical media headlines means a stigma has started to develop around public sector careers. Many public sector workers are feeling de-motivated, devalued and stuck in less challenging careers. The public sector needs to act now to address this before it is too late.”

Earlier in the week Roger Tweedy, the Research Director at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said that “new research confirms the emergence of a two-tier jobs market, with 60% of public-sector employers predicting a significant impact on their workforces as cuts begin to bite. However, an unexpected surge in business confidence gives hope that private-sector employers can absorb further public-sector job losses.” The figures are backed up by reports from around the industry which illustrates that recruitment in the contract and permanent Information Technology sectors is well on the way to recovery.

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