NORTHERN IRELANDS PUBLIC SECTOR PREPARES FOR CHALLENGES AHEAD
According to research by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, almost all (91%) of public sector employers in Northern Ireland believe that reducing costs and making efficiencies will be a very pressing issue in the next two years. Reassuringly, 63 per cent of respondents believe that their organisation has plans in place to deal with cost saving targets and potential redeployment/job cuts in their organisation.
Respondents believe that protecting front line services will be crucial, with almost half (49%) confirming that it was very unlikely they would outsource front line functions. They also cited creating efficiencies as their way of dealing with the necessary cost savings. It is highly likely that organisations will utilise external contractors and management consultants over the coming one to two years in response to commercial pressures 55 per cent of respondents felt that the use of external contractors was very or fairly likely and almost a third of respondents (32%) expect they will engage with management consultants.John Moore, Director at Hays in Northern Ireland, comments: Public sector employers are under no illusions about the challenges facing them over the next two years and organisations are already looking to make efficiencies and protect front line services as a priority. Given that cuts are inevitable it is positive that the majority of employers have plans in place to do this. Those employers who ensure they have the right skills in place to deliver the necessary changes and who work hard to retain this talent will be best equipped to cope.