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Public Sector Job Vacancies on a Five Year High

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Public Sector Job Vacancies on a Five Year High
James Whiting, The 20th of June, 2013

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If you’ve been considering applying for work within the public sector but have been put off because of a perceived lack of opportunities, then think again.

Despite the implementation of austerity measures, now is a very good time to pursue a career in public services, with the opening up of many new positions.

Certainly, things are looking up for anyone seeking to change roles, however the recent jump in available public sector job vacancies has made a major contribution to stimulating the employment market in general.

As a result, Britain is currently experiencing the highest rise in jobs on offer for five years.

These statistics support Jobsgopublic figures, which show a 25% year on year increase in the number of Public Sector jobs being advertised.

The upsurge in Public Sector vacancies, and the increased stability of vacancies within the public services has also resulted in an increase in the number of jobseekers looking for vacancies on Jobsgopublic which is at an all time high.

The rise in job opportunities has been wide spread and only three sectors – purchasing, accountancy and financial services – did not see an increase in growth; this pattern is reflected across the nation, with only Northern Ireland seeing a fall in available positions compared to this time last year.

London has experienced the highest growth with a 14% increase in advertised vacancies over the past twelve months; this has also been Jobsgopublic’s largest area of growth.

This improvement in the public sector has surprised some, since, up until now, it has been the private sector that has been providing the jobs necessary to fill in the shortfall created by the major cuts in public sector roles however this is no longer the case.

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So why is the public sector showing such an improvement when we are in the middle of austerity measures? Surely one would expect a continued decline? One explanation is that, having made cuts; there is a need to make up the shortfall created by so-called ‘over-firing’ during the financial crisis of recent years. In some instances, staff left the public sector pre-emptively in order to achieve better job security. In other words, many staff members left before they were pushed when, it now transpires, they may not have lost their position in the first place.

However, whatever the reason is, the outcome is positive for both those looking to break into the public sector and clients wishing to recruit. This movement is good to bring in fresh talent to organisations to advance careers.

There are such a variety of careers in the public services that you really could do anything.

Salaries tend to be above the national average, a lot of the employers offer excellent benefits packages, flexible working and the ‘feel good’ factor associated with giving something back to society combined is making the public sector an increasingly attractive employer. So don’t be put off by previous bad publicity and have a look online because you may just be pleasantly surprised.

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