Public sector woos staff with superior benefits

sector organisations lead the way in offering benefits such as time off in
lieu, flexi time and working from home.

is according to a study out today by HR and recruitment company Manpower. The
survey of 3,500 public and private employers found:

Nearly 70 per cent of public sector organisations say they offer benefits to
attract a wider range of candidates compared to 40 per cent of employers in
manufacturing organisations and 48 per cent in the services sector

97.1 per cent of public sector companies offer benefits ahead of 89.5 per cent
of service and 86.6 per cent of manufacturing organisations.

spokesman Peter English said: "Although most organisations have good
work-life balance benefit policies in place, the public sector tops work-life
balance policies offered in other sectors. 
As a result, it is succeeding in attracting quality employees, and is
retaining a happy and motivated workforce, which ultimately results in increased
productivity.  Furthermore, many civil
servants accrue hours and then take days off allowing them to pick and choose
their work routines.  As a result, the
public sector continues to be attractive to work in, not only for the increasing
number of jobs becoming available through rising government investment, but
because of the special attention it pays to the needs of its employees."

By Quentin Reade

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