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UK – Public sector needs talent

15 November 2012

Public sector employers need to adapt if they are to continue to secure the right skills to drive their organisations forward, according to a new report from Hays Public Services. A survey of over 1,000 public sector employees and employers found that two thirds of public sector employees believe redundancies and increased scrutiny have stripped the public sector of some of its best people. Three quarters said that more needed to be done to attract talent.

Andy Robling, Public Services Director at Hays, said: “Two years ago the Comprehensive Spending Review marked the beginning of a profound change in the way public sector services are staffed and managed.

“Now the public sector is at a crossroads and leaders need to understand what will attract top talent to work in the public sector. What might discourage them and how to develop and motivate them once they are in post? We propose a number of action points to organisations and employers to navigate these difficult questions and position the public sector as an employer of choice.”

Hays’ key actions that the public sector should take to adapt to secure top talent include the following: revaluating skills regularly, focussing on non-financial benefits such as flexible working, strengthening the organisation’s reputation, develop digital recruitment strategies, investments in staff developments as well as increasing work with the private sector.


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