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The Hays Public Sector Survey 2011 finds that some public sector employers are struggling to recruit staff with the right skills to manage frontline services. Since the Comprehensive Spending Review 18% of employers say it is harder to attract skilled job candidates. Over 80% of employers say uncertainty around job security is the primary factor stopping people looking for work in the sector, followed by changes to benefits (51%) and scrutiny over pay (39%).
Furthermore, headcount reduction schemes and cuts may be draining the public sector of its most vauable employees. 60% of employers and the same level of workers believe voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes are resulting in the loss of the best talent. Over 60% of staff say they fear the sector will be unable to attract the staff needed to manage the transformation and change ahead.
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Asked what areas they would improve to help attract professional staff to the public sector, employers and employees both reported pay and career development as the top two factors. Almost 70% of employers agree they need to review what they have to offer jobseekers so they are perceived more positively, with over a third (38%) saying this is an urgent priority.
Andy Robling continued: "Employers in the public sector would do well to focus on areas they can have an effect on, such as providing a clear career path and training. The main reason people come to work in the public sector is the desire to make a difference to society. Employers have to make sure they are showing how important the roles are if they want to attract and motivate staff."
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About the research:
The Hays Public Sector Survey 2011 is based on responses from 1039 public sector workers and 603 employers in the UK during April 2011. The respondents comprised management, frontline and back office staff, as well as hiring managers and line managers, from across a wide range of public sector organisations.
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