A by-product of the government’s deficit reduction strategy has been a tendency to treat all parts of the public sector as if they were the same, in terms of employee composition, the types of work undertaken and jobs involved and the level of pay and benefits typically offered. This tendency is so prevalent (particularly in political and media circles) that even those who work in a particular part of the public sector (and, perhaps, even HR professionals) can lose sight of important features which make their own sub-sector very different from the rest of that sector.

A recent report from the New Policy Institute, commissioned by Unison, pulls together an analysis of the local government workforce and the trends affecting it, and draws particular attention to the way it differs from both the rest of the UK public sector and the private sector.

This makes a useful contribution to the development of a more sophisticated understanding of the pressures that workforce is currently facing and their likely implications for the future.

Steve Vale, HR Consultant, highlights some of the key findings from the report and their implications.

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