Councils have lost nearly half a million jobs since 2010, figures show
Nearly a million jobs will be lost from the public sector within four years, according to predictions from Zurich Municipal.Zurich Municipal said that by 2017, 900,000 more jobs could be cut, representing a fall of just over 16%. The number of council employees has already dropped by 14.3% since the first quarter of 2010 (a loss of 416,000 jobs).
The insurer also highlighted the rise of shared services, with at least 337 councils engaged in 325 shared services. There has also been a rise in outsourcing contracts, with local government accounting for 63% of all public sector outsourcing in 2012.
Zurich Municipal predicts spend on public sector outsourcing will rise up to £101bn by 2014-15.
Andrew Jepp, director of public services at Zurich Municipal, said: ‘The considerable and continued reduction in local government headcount and resources over the past years is starkly highlighted. While it was inevitable that local government would become leaner, the pressure to deliver quality services with fewer resources does not become any easier for local authorities across the country.
‘We work with many councils who have had to undergo significant workforce rationalisation in order to make efficiency savings; many have undertaken considerable organisational change. Alternative approaches to service delivery, whether through outsourcing and partnering with third party providers and the local community, has become mainstream.’
I think what irks these one tune contributors more than anything is that even now the public sector employment pay and conditions represents for many ordinary citizens some respite from the race to the bottom where we become the wage slaves of Europe. One can only imagine that either they represent rogue employers or they are casualties of private enterprise consumed with envy.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 1 July 2013 10:49 AM
With a 10% cut in resources expected in tomorrows Public spending, be very careful My Woodhall. - maybe they will now sack all Chief Execs on ?200k pa year on year, decimate the senior staff. Move to money purchase, defined contribution pensions. Cut ALL temporary staff & discretionary overtime. Remove all jobs with Political, Climate Change, Diversity, Compliance & european in the title. None of which does anything for the taxpayer. Still a way to go, as recognised by the cut.Newman's Nemisis, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:54 PM
No doubt this article will please our friend Mr Smith, and his buddies in the Tax Payers Alliance. But will he be so pleased in 4 years time when his local council only has the resources to empty his bin once a month? Or a huge block of flats are built next to his house as his local council did not have the resources to consider the planning application and it was granted at appeal due to non-determination? Me thinks not, be careful what you wish for Mr Smith...Gary Woodhall, District Council Officer, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 03:34 PM
Unless you live on a remote feudal island in "La Manche" the effects are all around and dont expect to get to a hospital bed when you need it as it will be taken by the casualties of social care cuts, past present and future.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 03:00 PM
Only half a million? Not enough! More blood! More human misery! Outsourcing worka purely because, it is allowed to reverse decades of benefits fought for by working people. Efficiency? Don't make me laugh. Economic and social simpletons like Smith can continue to furiously froth themselves up in to a laissez faire frenzy, but, guess what, and despite all your deregulated hopes, there is a bigger picture. As George Carlin brilliantly put it, "It's a big club......and you're not in it!".R Owen, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:47 PM
Does this reduction include staff transferred to academies also staff outsourced doesn't mean a reduction of staff it just means they are being paid outside of LA's. That apart yes some staff who were nearing retirement age have been 'paid off' but to suggest that councils haven't the wit to try and get rid of the cheapest is na?ve in the extreme. You really to find reliable sources for your rants JS and not read the Daily Mail as your single source of information.Stephen Reimer, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:39 PM
This has been a very expensive exercise for the taxpayer, which explains why the bill for the public sector has not fallen, in the short term. Huge unaffordable redundancy packages have pushed the bill up even more .. Lots of people have been smiling all the way to the bank, at our expense. Next time remove the cheapest & the ones who add the least value. Not the ones that are the most expensiveJ Smith, Added: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:27 AM
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