Soaring vacancies and declining pay highlight sector crisis

By Michael Burton and Dan Peters | 13 April 2022

Latest figures this week showing the soaring number of job vacancies coupled with declining public sector pay have highlighted the recruitment and retention crisis facing the local government sector.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the largest increases in job vacancies between January and March were in health and social care, with a record 215,500 unfilled positions.

Public sector pay after inflation fell by 3.8% in real terms in the year to February, compared to a 0.8% fall in the private sector.

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