Headlines: September 22nd, 2003

Almost a quarter of the UK workforce is now employed in the public sector and there is no sign of the trend slowing down. Over 50% of all jobs created this year have been in the public arena, which now employs more people than at any time since the creation of the Welfare State in 1948.The latest figures from the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey forecasts a net employment outlook of +11% for Public Administration. The ‘net employment outlook’ is calculated by subtracting those employers who plan to reduce staffing levels from those who plan to hire staff. This figure represent a reduction from the previous quarter which was +21%, but significantly up on the corresponding final quarter of 2002 (+4%).

Tony Howard, Managing Director at Manpower said: “These figures show that the growth in public sector employment is showing no signs of abating, despite a seasonal drop in employment prospects. The year-on-year growth injob prospects is strong and looks set to continue.”

The growth in public sector employment combined with the modernizing agenda has created a demand for Human Resources Career Transition services and two service providers have been awarded a framework agreement by

OGCbuying.solutions. Under the agreement approved public bodies are able to ‘call off’ contracts with a simplified procurement procedure. Tony Gould, managing director of DBM, one of the successful service providers said: “HR is becoming a massive issue at all levels of the public sector. This is because the government is driving to increase the depth, breadth and impact of the sector. As a result recruitment and re-structuring has been unprecedented. HR directors are faced with a multitude of issues such as leadership development, training, retention and career transition, with which they will need professional counsel in order to meet their targets.”