Abstracts: November 23rd, 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.