Tags: Public Sector

Extent of low pay in the public sector is twice as high as previously thought

New research from nef reveals the full extent of public sector’s low pay problem. The calculations reveal that: Public services employ one million low wage workers: this number is double previous estimates which did not account for workers in outsourced services. Local authorities directly employ roughly the same proportion of low wage workers as the private sector: 1 in 4 local…

Public Sector jobs more coveted than private sector roles

Jobseekers favour roles in the public sector by over three to one, according to research from leading UK jobs website totaljobs.com. In a survey of over 5,000 UK jobseekers, 55 per cent said they would prefer to work for a public sector organisation, compared to an equivalent role in the private sector. Only 16 per cent…

Public sector workers to lose automatic annual pay rises

Millions of public sector workers such as police officers, teachers and nurses, will lose automatic annual pay rises and see any additional pay hikes held at about 1% as part of a cuts package. Mr Osborne told MPs that every year, some public sector employees received an increase through an “antiquated” pay progression system, regardless…

Temporary labour usage set to rise in the public sector

Latest Comensura Government Index reveals an increase in employers’ reliance on temporary labour across managerial and professional roles During the final quarter of 2012, temporary labour usage among Local Authorities decreased by only 0.1%, when compared to the same period in 2011. The minor decrease shown in Comensura’s Government Index was the lowest quarterly decrease…

Public sector pay a barrier to better skills

Civil service salary restrictions will hamper the government’s attempts to raise skill levels in the wake of the West Coast Main Line procurement fiasco, former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has claimed. He told an Institute for Government debate that “salary had been quite a major obstacle to bringing in people with real private sector experience.…

Coalition ”flying blind” on public sector jobs

The coalition government is largely flying blind on the damage public sector workforce cuts could be doing to the labour market, despite making cuts at a faster rate than either the Thatcher or Major governments, a report from the Work Foundation has warned. The report also raised concerns about the impact on public sector skills,…

Public sector tax avoidance is ”shocking”

Over 2,000 central government employees are currently benefiting from off-payroll arrangements – and this only includes civil servants so tax avoidance in the public sector must go much wider, the Public Accounts Committee has said. Looking at the use of personal service companies in the public sector, the committee was “shocked” after taking evidence from…

Regional pay plans are unfair, says TUC

Government plans for regional pay for public servants are unfair and would be bad for NHS patients and schoolchildren in poorer areas, according to a poll carried out for the Trades Union Congress (TUC). In the poll, 65 per cent of respondents agreed that the proposals for local or regional pay in the public sector…

National pay deal ”harms public sector”

Rebalancing the pay and pensions of public sector workers so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save £6.3bn a year in public spending, according to a report from the Policy Exchange think tank. This money would be better spent on tackling local unemployment and could create…

Report highlights need for better procurement and new skills in the public sector

Interesting report from the Institute for Government think-tank arguing that there are major skills shortages within public bodies – particularly commercial and commissioning skills. The need to continue ensuring that the right skills and competencies are brought in in order to drive public sector reforms and deliver key services is one of the core messages…