Archives for November 23rd, 2004

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 November, 2004

A survey by Manpower, a leading workforce management company, found that employers in the public sector are positive in their hiring intentions for the remainder of 2004. The survey shows that the balance of employers looking to take on more staff in the public sector is +17% compared to a UK average of +18%. This represents a quarter-on-quarter increase of four percentage points and a year-on-year increase of three percentage points. The effect of the predicted cut of 100,000 civil service posts is that many government departments are only taking on temporary staff rather than offering permanent placements. The survey also reveals that because the public sector offers good career opportunities, training and support, there are many high calibre candidates.

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PARTNERSHIP WILL PROVIDE NHS OFFICE FUNCTIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2004

The Department of Health has joined forces with a with private sector company in an initiative designed to save more than 200 million pounds in the provision of corporate services.The partnership with Xansa is also expected to improve and expand the range of corporate services provided for the National Health Service. The anticipated 220 million pounds in savings over the next ten years will be achieved by getting more NHS Trusts to use centralised service centres to carry out back office work. That could include payment of invoices, VAT returns, debt collection and bank account reconciliation.

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VOLUNTARY SECTOR HIGHLIGHTS ROLE IN GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2004

A gathering of more than a hundred charity lobbyists and campaigners will be told today that the voluntary sector had a vital role to play in the run up to the next General Election. They will hear the message at the Political Conference of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coincides with the Queen’s Speech.The same meeting will also hear a call to make the most of Britain’s Presidency of the European Union, which is due to begin next July, as an opportunity to get their issues onto the EU agenda.

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