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Morale in the Public Sector hits all time low

Morale in the Public Sector hits all time low
In advance of the Coalition Governments Comprehensive Spending Review, morale amongst public sector workers has hit an all time low, according to new research released by recruitment consultants, Badenoch & Clark.
The survey, conducted last week, revealed over a fifth (22%) of those working in the public sector have no idea what to expect in next Wednesdays review, whilst one in five said they were expecting significant job losses (18%). A further quarter (23%) stated they were concerned that job losses would leave their department hugely under resourced. A sixth (16%) of workers thought there would be no job losses but the cuts would have further impacts on morale.
Those working in Central Government were most apprehensive about the potential impact of cuts on resources, with a third (33%) stating they were concerned. Central Government workers were amongst those most anxious about significant job losses, with a further third (33%) stating theyre expecting redundancies. Local Government workers were close behind with over a quarter (27%) worried about significant job losses.
Some respondents saw potential benefits to austerity measures, however, with two fifths (40%) believing the cuts would help their department work more effectively and over a quarter (28%) expecting the Spending Review to prompt the up-skilling and re-training of incumbent staff.
The research also examined current recruitment policies across the sector. Almost half (47%) of those surveyed stated there was only limited or business critical recruitment happening in their organisation. A quarter (23%) said there was a headcount freeze in place.
Nicola Linkleter, Managing Director of Public Sector at Badenoch & Clark, commented: The comprehensive spending review has been looming for a number of months, with considerable speculation regarding the impact on jobs. It is, therefore, little wonder that there is a huge amount of trepidation within the sector. It is clear that many feel that, due to recruitment freezes, they are already under resourced and this is only going to get worse.
However, it is positive that many in the sector recognise that the cuts could in fact lead to more effective working practices and opportunities for some to up-skill or re-train.
Employers must act quickly to repair relationships with employees and offer assurances, where possible, that their department will be able to cope with any cuts forced upon them. Managers must be honest and open with employees and set out a firm plan for the future, so that morale can begin to improve.
Only time will tell whether private sector growth will be able to absorb the job losses expected in the public sector.


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