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REC welcomes proposals to widen delivery of public services

REC welcomes proposals to widen delivery of public services  
 
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation today welcomed Government proposals to open up the range of providers in public services, and highlighted the advantages of using private recruitment agencies instead of in-house staffing banks. 
 
Writing for the Daily Telegraph, David Cameron promised greater access for private or charitable providers to bid, alongside public sector bodies, to provide public services.  Aiming to introduce greater competition and drive up standards, the Prime Minister pledged to allow any organisation who values the public service ethos access to the bidding process. 
 
Commenting Gillian Econopouly, the RECs Head of Policy, said:
 
Opening up the delivery of services is a welcome step to ensuring the public sector can benefit from the skills and expertise of a wide range of providers. Evidence from the recruitment market demonstrates that the public sector is not always best placed to deliver every type of service.
 
When the in-house recruitment bank for the Health Service, NHS Professionals, took over many of the functions provided by the recruitment industry, it proved far less effective and consistently made annual losses.  But recruiters - experts in sourcing, vetting and placing candidates - have provided schools, hospitals and councils with access to a highly trained and cost effective workforce.
 
Whilst we await more details from the forthcoming Public Services White Paper, it is essential that any reforms that widen access must ensure quality, not just cost of service, remains the principal consideration in the bidding process, she added.

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