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HR IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR MUST LOOK AHEAD

HR IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR MUST LOOK AHEAD
Mark Staniland, Managing Director of Hays Career Transition Services, comments on potential job cuts in the public sector: While there is wide-ranging debate about the exact extent, it is likely that there will be job cuts in the public sector in the year ahead. This week the CIPD estimated this could affect as many as half a million employees. There is an urgent need for the HR community in this sector to step up and help employees cope with the changes ahead, and support them in finding new roles. The evidence to date suggests that they may be under-resourced to handle redundancies.Now is the time for HR professionals in the public sector to think about ways they can support staff both emotionally and practically during this period of transition. As well as identifying ways to redeploy staff, they may need to offer opportunities to retrain and provide advice and counselling. Job cuts may be the right solution, but they can cause greater problems further down the line if employers do not take steps to protect their employer brand by using career transition services.Traditionally, public sector employees have remained within this sector. But in the next few years, more workers than ever before will move out of this as the line between the two sectors blurs, and more of the opportunities are available in the private sector. Assuming the CIPD estimations are accurate, while there will still be a small number of jobs available in the public sector this will be nothing like the number found in previous years.
 

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