Public sector jobs continue to fall
By Vivienne Russell | 3 January 2012
Demand for public sector staff in the UK continues to
collapse and is now only a third of the level recorded two years ago, according
to a monthly job market survey.
The Reed Job Index, published today, revealed that in
December the requirement for public sector workers had dropped to 36 from the
baseline of 100 recorded in December 2009. This is a 15% drop on the demand
level of 42 recorded at the end of 2010.
Other public service areas, such as health and social care,
also recorded slumps. The vacancy rate fell to 64 in social care and to 88 in
health and medicine.
Overall, job opportunities were up by an average of 17% compared
with December 2010, and by a fifth on December 2009. Last year as a whole showed
sustained growth in demand for new workers, particularly for those in technical
roles, such as engineers, IT and telecommunications specialists.
Jobs in construction, sales, tourism and accountancy were
all above average.
Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk, said: ‘The
year on year increase in demand for new staff is particularly striking against
the backdrop of economic turmoil in the last few months.’
But Warnes added that it was ‘impossible to predict’ the
shape of the job market in 2012 and the impact of any coming economic
‘However, right now, UK employers are not only investing in
new talent to fill their immediate needs, they are clearly planning for growth
in 2012,’ he said.