There has been an increase in the number of public sector workers looking for new employment, according to a new survey.
The survey by Jobsgopublic, the online recruitment and resourcing specialist within the public and not for profit sector, shows that five times as many candidates hunting for jobs on its website said they were already employed, as compared with 2013.
Miles Skelton, managing director of Jobsgopublic, says this rise reflects growing disillusionment among public sector workers with ongoing pay freezes. “More and more public sector employees are reaching their breaking points over declining real-terms pay, and are on the hunt for new jobs.
“They have no intention of leaving the public sector, but are finding that switching to a new employer may be the most direct way to get their pay progression back on track.”
The government in March announced a 1% rise in public sector pay for 2014/15, four years after austerity measures were first introduced.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated that public sector pay will fall by 8% relative to the private sector between 2012/13 and 2018/19.