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Public sector jobs more appealing during economic downturn

22/12/2008

Public sector jobs more appealing during economic downturn

Public sector jobs are increasingly in demand, an employment expert has said.

The current economic crisis is pushing people away from the private sector, with public jobs offering better pay and more opportunities, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said.

Gerwyn Davies, the public policy adviser at the CIPD said: "There are more opportunities and there is no doubt that public sector employment has gone up in the most recent quarter and that's against the background of a big increase in unemployment.

"It illustrates the fortune of both sectors. We are at that point in the cycle where it wasn't that long ago when the public sector argued they weren't getting paid fairly."

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average employment rate for people of working age was 74.2 per cent for the three months up to October.

They also found that the total number of jobs in September 2008 was 31.53 million, down by 134,000.
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