Please help, can someone explain to me the main differences between HR policies in the public and private sectors?
I would describe them as broadly similar as statutory law applies to all places of work. I would suggest that policies in the public sector are perhaps more detailed and comprehensive, but that's a sweeping statement. The law applies to all and we are all responsible for ensuring our processes are compliant.
I would add that recruitment policies are different in that whilst most private businesses accept CV's, the public sector tends to insist on standardising applications by using their own application forms. As a result private businesses tend to complete their recruitment process quicker.
The difference in pensions is an area much commented on in the press lately. Public sector policies covering Occupational Sick Pay tend to more generous and more complex. Because of it's size, it also tends to have policies covering redeployment after redundancy not found in the private sector.
Hope that helps
My simple explanation is that public sector policies are c 14 pages long and most that I write are less than 2
A better explanation is union influence and a history of having to be a good employer
probably the biggest issue is pure size, many large private sector employers are not dissimilar to the public sector
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