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Public sector job fears allayed


Wednesday December 22nd 2010

The public sector will need to take on two million people in the next five years despite a huge reduction in Government spending and fears over job cuts, according to a new report.

Retirement, illness and workers moving to other jobs will lead to a shortfall in staff between now and 2016, the research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and totaljobs.com found.

It called on organisations in the sector to change the way they employed people, such as advertising vacancies externally, it in order to make savings.

Richard Greenwood, managing economist at CEBR, said: "Even in the face of shrinking headcount, the public sector will still have to recruit in droves in the coming years owing to natural churn.

"At a time of intense scrutiny of all facets of public sector spending, it is more critical than ever that all cost-efficiencies are realised."

John Salt, director of totaljobs.com, said: "It's clear from the research that the future of employment in the public sector isn't as dire as previously thought. However, changes need to be made to utilise these potential savings for our predictions to be realised.

"We're calling for a greater transparency in ways in which public sector recruitment is conducted, and the report demonstrates that online is a viable and, importantly, a cost-effective way of delivering this."

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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