Public sector recruitment dips

Hiring rates in the public sector are dipping in the final months of 2005, but remain in line with the national average, according to employment agency Manpower.

Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey, a quarterly report into hiring intentions, shows that the balance of public sector employers looking to take on more staff for the end of the year is +8%. This is the same total as the average national outlook across all sectors.

This represents a decline of seven percentage points – the public sector’s balance during the past two successive quarters.

Peter Dixon, head of public sector business at Manpower, said: “This drop in recruitment is largely due to two factors. Firstly, in the wake of the Gershon Review, the entire public sector is focusing on efficiency. Secondly, this is the third quarter of the government’s year, and managers are keenly aware of their budgets.”

Dixon said he expected the net balance to rise in the first quarter of 2006. “January to March represents the final quarter of the financial year, when the public sector spends its remaining budget – and this is likely to translate into more hiring,” he said.

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