Public sector recruitment hovers on the brink of crisis, warns UNISON

A new report from the Institute for Financial Studies’ (IFS) released today (Friday) on plans for public sector pay highlights problems keeping experienced and skilled staff.

The report – which compares plans from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives – highlights the emerging pressure of recruitment in public services as a result of the government’s pay restraint.

According to the report, if public sector pay does not keep up with the private sector, staff will choose to work in the private rather than the public sector.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector recruitment hovers on the brink of crisis. Schools, hospitals and town halls are struggling to hold on to staff that feel they can get a better deal elsewhere.

“The IFS’ report is right to highlight extraordinary pressure placed on recruitment and retention as a result of the one per cent pay cap.

“Any new government must not hold down public sector pay at the expense of experienced and loyal staff delivering vital public services.”

Notes to editors:
– The IFS’ report can be found here.
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