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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has responded to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) predictions, published in the Daily News yesterday, that 500,000 public sector jobs could be cut over the next five years.
Commenting on the report, Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive, said "expenditure cuts will impact on public sector employment and may be counter-balanced by the improving jobs outlook in the private sector. The REC is stressing that deep-rooted reform is the only way to protect service delivery as knee-jerk cuts will not deliver sustainable employment or great public services."
"Effective procurement, well-managed outsourcing models and flexible staffing arrangements will be core elements of new resourcing strategies over the coming years. This is where the debate must focus rather than on 'guestimating' numbers of job cuts."