Public sector employment prospects brighten, says Manpower

10 Jun 14
Public sector employment prospect have improved, according to Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey.

The recruiter’s poll of over 2,000 UK employers asks whether they intend to hire additional workers or make job cuts in the coming quarter.

Its latest survey puts the public sector employment outlook at +8 for the third quarter of this year, up from +7% in the second quarter.

Nick Heckscher, Manpower’s government sector director, said the positive outlook was being driven by big changes in the sector.

‘Public sector organisations are changing and, as they do, their recruitment needs are shifting to keep pace with these changes. New regulations and increasing requirements for inspections are leading to a climate of increased transparency, which is driving hiring, especially the NHS where a focus on safe staffing levels means that organisations are focused on recruiting nurses. Overall, more professional staff are needed across the sector.’

He added that there was more demand for frontline staff in the run-up to the general election, particularly in children’s social care.

‘Public sector organisations are outsourcing more work and increasingly commissioning project-based work,’ Heckscher observed.

‘There are also more interim appointments available. This is particularly true for commercial, project management and IT roles across the sector, where candidates with the right skills are often attracted into the private sector and we have a challenge in recruiting for these roles.

‘We anticipate that the public sector will face an increasing challenge attracting the best talents, given the recent erosion of benefits and funding insecurity.’


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