The REC’s new whitepaper on the future of jobs ‘Public Sector 2025’ shows that the public sector faces up to 7 more years of skills shortages based on current demand. In order to maintain the stability of public service delivery over the next decade there needs to be an urgent evaluation of current recruitment procedures as well as the impact of post-Brexit immigration models.
Data collated in the new whitepaper shows that:
• 10,000 EU staff have left the NHS since the Brexit referendum.
• 77 percent of recruitment specialists say that health and social care staffing shortages will increase significantly over the next five years.
• Data from jobs site ‘Indeed’ said interest from jobseekers in nursing roles only increased by 4 per cent compared to an 11 per cent rise in the share of nursing roles posted. Interest in care roles decreased by 8 per cent.
• 47 per cent of specialist recruiters in the education sector expect teacher shortages to increase significantly over the next five years.
The whitepaper recommends four priorities for the public sector to work on to develop a high-calibre and agile workforce by 2025:
1. Prepare workforce plans for different Brexit scenarios and build a cadre of future public sector leaders who can navigate a fast-changing landscape
2. Embed flexible work across the public sector and harness external expertise to drive workforce innovation
3. Pre-empt the impact of AI and automation on skill needs and use technology to enhance recruitment supply chains
Tom Hadley, the REC’s director of policy and professional services, said:
“There has never been a more important time to review workforce trends and find solutions to current and future challenges. The public and private sector are increasingly fishing in the same limited talent pool, but there are real opportunities for public sector employers to compete by focusing on purpose and progression and by streamlining hiring processes, using new technology and really listening to candidate feedback.