Public sector recruitment hits five year high

PublicNet reports that a survey of recruitment shows that public sector organisations intentions are at the highest for five years.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development survey reveals that recruitment intentions in the public sector have risen to a five year high with 75 per cent indicating that they plan to recruit in the third quarter of 2014. Recruitment intentions are highest in healthcare at 77 per cent and education at 74 per cent. This compares with the private sector where two thirds of employers plan to recruit employees in the next three months.

The median wage settlement, excluding bonuses, in the public sector in the 12 months to June 2015 is projected to be 1 per cent. This compares to 2 per cent in the private sector. The muted pay picture is further supported by the CIPD’s survey of 1,000 employees which shows that among those workers who have enjoyed a pay rise this year, the median increase has fallen to 2 per cent this year from 2.5 per cent in 2013.