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Cath Everett

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Half of public sector workers fail to recommend it as career choice


Nearly half of all public sector workers would not recommend working in the area to either those just embarking on their career or people fancying a career change.

According to a study of more than 1,000 staff by recruiter Badenoch & Clark, disillusionment was particularly high  among central and local government staff, with 63.3% and 53.9% respectively feeling that way compared with the average of 47.4%. Respondents blamed the current cost-cutting agenda and job losses for their negative feelings.
A mere one in twenty workers believed that staff morale in their department had improved in the last 12 months since the November 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, while a fifth said that they did not feel motivated in their job at all.
Badenoch & Clark’s managing director, Nicola Linkleter, said: “It is quite alarming that nearly half of all public workers harbour such negative sentiment about the sector at the moment and this could make recruiting the future pipeline of talent a growing challenge for public sector employers."
Graduates and people considering a career change were likely to turn to existing employees as their first port of call, but with motivation and morale levels so low,  they were unlikely to be encouraged to sign up. "This is a problem that must be tackled imminently, or the future of the talent pipeline for some public sector employers could be at risk of stagnating," Linkleter said.

One Response

  1. When will the public sector come up to date?

    These figures are extremely concerning. I wonder how much public sector disatisfaction comes from a lack of recognition in the workplace? Structured methods of recognising hard work should be put in place no matter what sector an organisation is in. We’ve seen some distinct differences in the value and frequency of Long Service Awards which would support this trend…

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