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Public sector employment hits 70-year low

Published 19th September 2017

The Guardian today reports that GMB union has claimed that public sector employment as a share of the labour market has fallen to a 70-year low, with just under one million roles lost since 2010. The union said the share now stands at 16.9%, the lowest it had been since 1947. In a new report, the GMB also suggests the Government is ignoring 55% of public sector workers not covered by a pay review body, including some local government workers and school support staff. The report claims the Government has removed an estimated £5bn from local authority budgets in order to enforce the pay cap across the whole public sector, with the cost of agency and temporary workers having increased by £2.5bn since 2012-13 amid recruitment struggles.

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