A year has passed since the Chancellor, George Osborne, outlined a programme of spending cuts designed to reorganise the public sector, spelling an end to perceived bureaucracy and inefficiency within the sector at large. The cuts were billed as a means to shake up the UK’s public sector departments and reinvigorate the workforce.
Our research programme over the last twelve months has attempted to map the effect that these wide-reaching cuts have had on the public sector at large. In our last report, we noted that it would be important to observe how, if at all, the public sector has repositioned itself, internally and externally, twelve months on from the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Our most recent wave of research, assessing public sector sentiment exactly one year on, demonstrates a lack of trust in leadership, low morale and widespread uncertainty about the future. According to workers across the public sector, the cuts have been poorly managed and internal communication has lacked sufficient direction. The public sector remains in a state of flux, with discussion of strikes now commonplace and workers less likely to recommend the sector as a career path. With high profile debates over pensions continuing to grip the headlines, the public sector employer brand requires some attention.
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