Alan Downey, partner and head of public sector at KPMG, has reacted to the publication – today – of the latest employment figures. He says:
“Public sector headcount is continuing to fall rapidly. That comes as no surprise – it is an inevitable consequence of the government’s deficit reduction strategy. Nor should we be unduly worried, as there is no necessary relationship between the number of public servants and the quality of public services: so long as productivity improves, the public sector will be able to provide high quality services with a significantly smaller workforce.
“The big challenge for the government – and for the country as a whole – is to ensure that private sector employment increases at a pace that more than compensates for the decline in the public sector. These figures suggest that the equation is working, as the increase of 250,000 in private sector employment dwarves the fall of 39,000 in the public sector. This is not only good for the economy in general, but also good news for those public servants who have lost their jobs, as it suggests there will be opportunities for them to find work in the private sector.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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