Public sector to fill 1.5m vacancies by 2017
Over 1.5m public sector job vacancies will need to be filled by 2017, but ‘poor perception’ is presenting a key barrier to attracting new recruits, according to new research.
Bridging the Gap: Developing a framework to attract new talent into the Public Sector - published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and totaljobs.com - found that the public sector should start thinking more like a ‘brand’ in order to attract future talent.
Of those surveyed, 54% of public sector hiring managers said poor perception was the key barrier to recruiting new staff, with 70% saying a lack of new talent is hindering efficiency in the sector.
Public sector director of totaljobs.com, Mike Booker, said: ‘The research shows that there is an appetite from UK jobseekers to work in the public sector. However, with cuts and the private sector yet again competing on key elements such as pay and pensions, public sector employers need to think differently when it comes to securing future talent.
‘We’re calling for public sector organisations to think more like a brand and become a destination employer of choice. To do this, they need to define a point of differentiation against other sectors. This means working more effectively and efficiently with other parts of their business.
‘This is not just with marketing teams but it is important that recruitment becomes a key priority for HR functions to ensure it isn’t just a short-term transaction; you’re selling someone their future and career.’
I am confused! The headline says Public sector to fill 1.5m vacancies However, every day we see headline of 1000 staff to be cut, 750 staff to go etc etc??. I do realise that ?public sector? is not just local authorities but how on earth can we be filling 1.5m vacancies when we are at the same time making 1000?s of staff redundant to make savings. Either there is a fiddle going on or those headlines of getting rid of staff are baloney because the staff don?t exist.ron , Added: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:11 AM
There is none so blind as those that cannot see Newman et al . .J Smith, Added: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:11 AM
It is a pity that the opposition to the case for the public sector is so poorly researched and infantile as evidenced by the Mr Dewars and Smiths of this world. I suppose it is good attention seeking (it worked!)and gets the discussion moving.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 26 November 2012 11:48 AM
We need to further shrink the public sector until it actually provides some value. Anything with Climate Change, Compliance, Diversity, Political & European in the title, the taxpayer will not miss First job is to sack the Chief Exec., any Council that has done that has not looked back. Plus the taxpayer saves ?200k pa year on yearJ Smith, Added: Sunday, 25 November 2012 06:06 PM
Well what a surprise Mr Dewar, one of the staunch Tory supporters, knocking Mr Osborne. Is the tide turning and Tory voters are beginning to see that their Party are full of "...brainless idiots who don't even know what a balance sheet is never mind work within one..." Would be interested in the name of the Council which operates on 18 days per year sick. Most are on 10 or below with strict action against those who go above this level. Again Mr Dewar why let the facts spoil a good story.Cynic (experienced optimist), Added: Friday, 23 November 2012 02:23 PM
Never miss an opportunity do you Mr Dewar to put the boot in on the public sector. It was the private sector & the banks that ruined this country not the public sector. The so called marchers & the makers have done a wonderful job have they not? For people like you there really is no such thing as society. My first post was aimed at people just like you. Average pension 3 to 4 thousand a year hardly gold plated. You know that is a lie but you keep repeating it often.David Hambly, Added: Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:27 AM
In my view,quality and level of employment relate to pay and provision of services required. Public Sectors' pay is LOW but the pension is good, whilst Private Sectors' pay is very good but the pension is POOR. So to make money and profit whilst you are working, join the private sector but if you wish to provide services to the public and live poorly for now, I suggest you work for the public sector. Hence the anticipated shortfall of 1.5m; whom I assume are professionally qualified staff.Hamid Ahmed, Added: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:11 AM
Local Government has already achieved ''brand status'' regrettably, in marketing terms, it is a ''brand of negative value''. Why is this so? Look no further than the likes of ''HR'' and the endless emphasis on ''equality and diversity'. There is no finer ''talent repellent'' known to man - or woman.Alec Would, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 08:29 PM
How the hell can the country support another 1.5 million freeloaders complete with extended holidays, 18 days sickness per year and the gold pensions. We seem to be governed by brainless idiots who don't even know what a balance sheet is never mind work within one. To all people smart enough, leave the country now; we have no chance of survival.Michael Dewar, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:02 PM
Perhaps Ms. Melsom would like to know that I have been offered an increase in salary, plus company car, if my service transfers to the private sector from the prospective private sector company. Nice work if you can get it but not at the expense of service and - dare I say it - cost to the taxpayer.Fat cat, West Midlands, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:05 PM
Local government workers including teachers have been the punch bag of the Tories and the right wing press for decades. Recently the benefits of working in the public sector have been significantly clipped and when there is an upturn in the economy there will be severe difficulties in filling vacancies never mind the perception. Public employers will be forced to restore some of the T&C's that have been removed so aggressively in the last three years.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:33 PM
You got that right !!Garry Bagridge (Operations Manager) Waltham Forest Council, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:30 PM
I hope that the CEBR and totaljobs.com have heard of the NGDP http://sites.idea.gov.uk/ngdp/Anna Matthews, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:27 PM
Perhaps they should offer the jobs as they are, over paid and overpensioned/ over pensioned Even with the changes to the pension scheme it is still very generous and still unaffordable. The contribution from the taxpayer of about 19% is too much. And, figures prove that the public sector is still being paid more than the private sector.Christine Melsom, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:59 AM
Yes, very attractive jobs. Vacancy should say 1. Able to accept public vilification & constant attacks by right wing media. 2. Able to accept Government hostility & vilification 3. Able to accept working in services that have no money to make positive change. 4. Able to accept constant restructure. 5. Able to accept poor pay with reduced pensions. 6. Able to accept poverty as part of the job Welcome you top Cambridge & Oxford city types to the public sector, you know it makes sense.David Hambly, Added: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:52 AM
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