2009, the year that was.

DanT, December 23, 2009

2009 was a reality check in many ways after the lofty times of the previous 5 years. Britain as a country was humbled by the economic downturn, in this piece we will look at the cold hard figures of 2009 and what they means for the recruitment industry in 2010 and beyond.

Unemployment - Sadly unemployment has hogged the headlines in 2009, currently standing at 2.49million the highest level since the Second World War. Maybe more concerning is the number of people who are classed as long term unemployed.  Over 201,000 have now been unemployed for over 6 months compared with just over 103,000 in December 2008.

Public spending - Public sector spending will be one of the decisive issues come election time. Regardless of who wins next years election it looks like public sector budgets are going to be cut. Public sector spending in 2007/08 totalled a behemoth £620b. What does this mean for those working in the public sector? Evidence suggests it may not be as bad as it seems, there is a good chance salaries will be frozen but not cut like in many other sectors.

Recruitment - One thing is for sure, 2009 has shown that the future of recruitment will look very different from the existing prototype. Smarter, cost efficient online solutions will be vital if we as a nation want to successfully harvest the huge talent base we have. The days of paper applications and administrative toil are numbered; they must be dismissed as inefficient and static.

The public sector workplace - Once a nest for baby boomers and those looking for a job for life. Over 20% of the public sector workforce will retire in the next 10 years, drastically changing the look and feel of the industry. Enter generation X,Y and Z. With the cocktail of generations that will make up the public sector workforce moving forward, we must ensure an environment is created that promotes the strengths of each.

Jobsgopublic - With a leg-up from the financial crisis www.jobsgopublic.com and its network of sites has seen a 76% increase in visitor traffic between January and November 2009. 715,000 unique monthly visitors now browse our sites for jobs, news and career information. Our traffic numbers may have changed but our founding principles haven't; we still strive to be the leading public sector jobs board in the UK, offering a simple service which facilitates direct dialogue between candidates and employers.

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Jobsgopublic team.

See you all in 2010.

* Industry figures from the Office of National Statistics

** Jobsgopublic figures from ABCe Electronic