Book News: July 13th, 2004

Growth in public sector jobs since 1997 has been primarily in providing frontline education and health services and not administrative staff according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research. There has been little increase in the employment of central or local government administrative staff. The report also shows that there has been very little change in the overall balance of public to private sector employment since 1997 and that public sector employment remains a significantly lower share of the total than in 1992. The relatively rapid pay growth seen in the public sector in the last few years was largely a ‘catch-up’, following a period of pay restraint in the 1990s, and this growth is now likely to end.Analysis of new data on staff vacancies in health, education and public administration found problems not just in the South East but in Shropshire, County Durham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Birmingham and Solihull. To address this issue the ippr advocates pay supplements at local, rather than regional levels to recruit and retain key public sector workers.

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