Abstracts: April 15th, 2004

Job prospects for the public sector are forecast to grow despite the announcement by the Chancellor of a cut of some 40,500 civil service posts by 2008. A survey by Manpower, a leading recruiter of permanent, temporary and contract workforces, found that 20% of employers in the public sector intend to increase staffing levels for the quarter ahead. This result is higher than the second quarter average for the sector over the last 13 years. There are over 5 million people working in the public sector and despite the public emphasis on specific civil service job losses, the number of public sector jobs overall is still due to rise by 360,000 between 2003 and 2006. The survey also found that the public sector is struggling to find the right skills for the jobs available and that it faces as much of a training and skills challenge as the private sector.Published by Manpower. http://www.manpower.com.