Hays responds to spending review
Recruiting expert responds to spending review
Reacting to the recent Comprehensive Spending Review announcement, a spokesperson at Hays commented:
Prior to today's announcement, many public sector employers had already put in place hiring freezes and had been reducing staff numbers through natural attrition to take into account the anticipated budget cuts. The overall numbers wont have come as a surprise and they need to be kept in context of a reduction over the next four years, not four months.
The key now is to ensure those who will be made redundant are properly supported so they have access to the right information and advice enabling them to find employment in the private sector. People will need help identifying their transferable skills, and understanding the different recruitment processes and employer needs that exist in the labour market right now. There are lots of similarities between the two sectors, but jobseekers need to help to convey this and to target themselves towards areas of growth and opportunity.
The increase in apprenticeships will also prove to be an invaluable tool in ensuring the economy has the right mix of skills for the future. The continued investment in green energy and carbon capture is positive for employment, providing there is also a commitment to providing professionals with the right skills to capitalise on this investment. The commitment to social housing and transport infrastructure will help to provide jobs for a struggling construction industry.
We also need to bear in mind that around 5.5million people remain working in the public sector and their employers should continually be looking for cost effective solutions to their staffing needs. If redundancies arent handled properly the public sector will damage its employer brand and may not be able to attract the right skills needed to manage transformation.