Public sector jobs threatened

DanT, November 3, 2009

More than 4,200 public sector jobs were placed in jeopardy in October as local government authorities unveiled plans to save money by shedding staff.

Many local authorities face reduced incomes from fees such as planning charges, and that their £1.4bn income from interest had shrunk by some 80% as interest rates have sharply fallen. This is apparent in many of the smaller district councils as interest payments can make up a considerable percentage of their revenue.

Birmingham City Council looks to be the hardest hit with over 800 jobs at threat, along with Aberdeen, Devon County, Gloucestershire and Stoke on Trent all looking to make significant cut backs in staff numbers.

One way many local authorities are looking to make staff cuts is by offering voluntary redundancy. With the public sector having a strong number of workers 60 years of age and older, this has provided many with the chance to leave their current jobs with a substantial payout and a dignified exit.

The diversity of the Jobsgopublic vacancy range means that the latest job cuts are nothing to worry about. Jobsgopublic continues to consistently carry over 1000 public sector vacancies across a range of sectors including; housing associations, charities, voluntary organisations, central government, health and education institutions.

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