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AMS Comments ON BBC Research

AMS Comments ON BBC Research
 
Following the BBC research released predicting 10% job cuts in local government over the coming years, Adrian Slater, Director at Alexander Mann Solutions commented:
 
Although previous downturns have brought predictions of widespread job cuts in the public sector, these headcount reductions have rarely led to employees actually losing their jobs. Recruitment freezes and voluntary attrition have generally allowed public sector employers to balance the books without cutting staff.  However, with current conditions far more severe than in previous years, significant job cuts are going to be unavoidable .
 
In these circumstances, the expectation is often that older workers, usually among an organisations higher earners, will be the first to go. This can be hugely damaging since, although losing these individuals might appear to deliver a bigger cost-saving in the short-term, they represent the kind of transferable skills and experience that add a huge amount of value to an organisation. 
 
Public sector employers need to make sure that any restructuring is carried out responsibly and with a long-term strategy in place. Organisations need a clear view of where the talent sits within the organisation, so they can identify which employees they can least afford to lose and make sure that any cuts are part of an intelligent, holistic approach rather than a knee-jerk response. Early and open communication is essential.

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