In recent research, a total of 85 per cent
of public sector workers believe career transition services, which provide
practical support to redundant workers, should be compulsory, and over half of
employers in the public sector agree
“The suggestion that senior civil servants
located in Whitehall will remain exempt from severe cuts expected in the public
sector has serious longer-term implications. If redundancies are not handled
properly, then the public sector is likely to encounter serious problems in the
future; not only will it be unable to attract the skilled and talented
professionals needed to manage transformation, but it is likely to face a
damaged reputation among its customers in the communities where the sector is a
significant employer. If senior leaders do not experience the same levels of
change as frontline staff, long-term trust in them is likely to suffer. Andy
Robling, Public Services Director at Hays, comments on suggestions that civil
servants and public sector workers in more frontline roles and outside of
London will bear the brunt of proposed public sector cuts:
research, a total of 85 per cent of public sector workers believe career
transition services, which provide practical support to redundant workers,
should be compulsory, and over half of employers in the public sector agree.
Just over 70 per cent of employers in the public sector go as far as to say
that the government should offer funding to support them in providing this. If
staff are properly supported through redundancies, they are likely to find a
new position more quickly, ultimately saving the public purse.
With the results
of the Spending Review expected in October, the public sector will look to
their senior leaders and HR teams to make sure that when inevitable
redundancies happen, they are handled sensitively and appropriately. If this
does not happen, then staff being made redundant will find it harder to gain
new employment, and the sector will fail to attract the skills and talent
needed to manage this large-scale transformation.
7 September 2010
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