XpertHR Benchmarking subscribers can drill down into the complete results data from our surveys of cuts in the public sector for 2012 and 2011.
XpertHR Benchmarking also enables you to refine the results of the 2012 survey for the following areas of the public sector: local government; central or devolved government; education; health; public safety; and non-departmental public bodies.
Majority of employers in public sector acted to cut wage bills in 2011
A clear majority of public-sector employers surveyed by XpertHR took action to cut wage bills in 2011.
Employers acting to reduce their wage bill sought to cut their wage by 7% at the median in 2011.
Public sector cost-cutting continues in 2012
Public sector cost-cutting measures are ongoing in 2012. Nearly nine public-sector employers in 10 expect to make cuts to organisational wage bills in 2012.
The most common planned restructuring measures to reduce public-sector wage bills in 2012 are:
- voluntary redundancies (planned at three-quarters of public-sector organisations);
- compulsory redundancies (at just over half); and
- introducing shared services (at just over two-fifths).
Three-quarters plan voluntary redundancies in 2012
Voluntary redundancies are the most common course of action for public-sector employers seeking to reduce their wage bill:
Half plan compulsory redundancies in 2012
Compulsory redundancies are the second most common measure to cut wage bills:
Is public sector cost-cutting having the desired effect?
Cost-cutting measures appear to be having desired effect for many public-sector organisations surveyed by XpertHR:
You can also access XpertHR's detailed written analysis of the survey findings.
If you have any comments or queries about this survey, or about XpertHR Benchmarking, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
Michael Carty, benchmarking editor
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