Jobs: Public Sector Hiring After 'Over-Firing'
It is claimed the austerity-hit public sector is hiring again 'over-firing' following the financial crisis.
The finding is made in the latest survey of firms' hiring intentions by employment group, Manpower.
It suggested that the jobs outlook was at a five-year high, with a majority of employers looking to add staff.
Mark Cahill, Manpower UK's managing director, said: "We've noticed that a number of public sector organisations have begun recruiting again with renewed vigour.
"Austerity is still the order of the day, but in their efforts to implement budget cuts there has been a degree of over-firing.
"In other words, in their zeal to cut budgets, too many people may have been laid off."
He also pointed out that some top talent had chosen to leave for improved job security amid the down-sizing.
Mr Cahill continued: "Now councils and other bodies have realised that if they want to maintain vital public services they are going to need to start recruiting again, but this time a lot more smartly."
The group said the NHS was among the bodies looking to add staff in the public sector, with hiring intentions particularly strong at call centres as ambulance services roll out the new '111' service.
The report† said the health service was just one area where an outsourcing of services had led to a readjustment in public sector employment.
Local authorities and central Government are hiring people to manage the commissioning of services, it found.
While the outlook for construction staff remained poor, Manpower said thousands were finding work with finance firms handling the fall-out from the PPI mis-selling scandal.
Manpower estimated that 20 thousand people had so far been taken on by banks as they faced growing claim volumes.
Mr Cahill added: "With around 600,0002 new jobs created in the last year alone, you'd think the UK employment phenomenon must surely be coming to the end of the road but the good news looks set to continue till at least the summer."
what do you think?
I would suspect this is regional and not general also how sustainable are those jobs with the question of whether they will have any effect on GDP - call centres?
Time limited jobs, ie PPI. unless the banks have as yet undisclosed issues which will lengthen these contracts.