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Ageing workforce taking toll on public sector

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HC Online | 19 Feb 2015, 07:48 AM Agree 0
Statistics released by the Public Service Commission have revealed that the public sector’s workforce is reflecting the ageing workforce and youth unemployment.
  • Clem Wright | 19 Feb 2015, 01:15 PM Agree 0
    No surprises here then. Recruitment freezes and budget cutbacks in the public sector have come and gone since the first "razor gangs" emerged in the 1980s. Curiously, it was Labor state governments which first adopted this draconian approach to budget management as a way of differentiating themselves from their predecessors whom they wanted to paint as financially irresponsible. The tactic was subsequently taken up with gusto by federal and state conservative governments. So, 30 years later, both sides are still at it. No long term planning, just short-termism lurching from one financial year to the next. All these razor gang exercises follow the same pattern : the tea ladies go first and then staff training budgets are slashed. Lower paid workers are then dispensed with and so on up the food chain. However, senior executive levels are rarely affected since razor gang cycles run out of steam before the higher eschelons are reached. But not to worry - staffing our public sectors in 10 -20 years time will be someone else's problem by then !
  • Mark McClelland | 18 Mar 2015, 09:51 AM Agree 0
    Regardless of whether the recruitment freeze is in place or not, the issues relating to maturing workforces remain and need to be addressed.
    The growing number of older workers could be turned into a positive opportunity by applying a career planning approach to this growing segment of the workforce, instead of relying on being able to bring in new (and younger, less experienced), people to replace them.
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