“Former public sector bosses could struggle to get back into work, experts have claimed” align=”right”>Public sector managers who find themselves made redundant as reductions in government spending take hold may find it difficult to obtain work in the private sector, according to recruitment experts.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Reed Consulting's transitions practice chief Stuart Lindenfield warned that with 600,000 jobs expected to be cut in publically-funded organisations, the UK employment market will become highly challenging.

"It will be incredibly difficult for people without valued specialist skills to secure re-employment in an increasingly competitive marketplace," he told the newspaper.

Hays managing director Tim Cook suggested that largely inaccurate negative perceptions of public sector workers may also hinder their private sector job prospects and called on the coalition to provide additional "transitional help".

He recommended that the government should provide outplacement schemes similar to those often organised by companies laying off large numbers of workers.

Professionals wondering how the public sector's HR industry will be hit by falling taxpayer expenditure should attend the HR in the Public Sector 2010 event at London's Canary Wharf in November