Public sector jobs increasing

PUBLISHED: 16:33 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

PUBLIC sector employment has grown by 62,000 in the past year to reach almost six million, new official figures reveal. The number of jobs in central government increased by 45,000, while employment in local government increased by 25,000. The number of c

PUBLIC sector employment has grown by 62,000 in the past year to reach almost six million, new official figures reveal.

The number of jobs in central government increased by 45,000, while employment in local government increased by 25,000.

The number of civil servants fell by 2,000 to 560,000, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The biggest increases in employment were in health and social work and education, although the number of jobs also rose in the police service and public administration.

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI director of public services, said: "Business wants to see more frontline staff delivering the effective, value for money services that the public want, but it's not clear what these new employees are doing.

"There is no clear evidence that the Government is making progress towards its pre-election goal of reducing civil service numbers by 84,000 and it's beginning to look like pie in the sky."

He added: "If last year saw a decrease of only 2,000 civil servants - a disappointing third of a single percentage point of the total number employed in Whitehall - it is hard to believe the Government will meet its targets by 2008.


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