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REC says public sector should turn to flexible workforce to ease growing pressures

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Following the latest NHS A&E crises talks, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have made a statement saying that the public sector must start taking advantage of the UK’s flexible workforce.

The REC points out that, due to growing pressures within the public sector, such as A&E departments seeing a 50% rise of attendances over the past decade and the demographic challenges facing UK schools; contractors and other flexible workers should not be overlooked.

According to the REC report, the organisation has always claimed that ‘sustainable and safe staffing levels are vital to the delivery of efficient public services, with a balance reached between quality and cost’.  So increasing the number of flexible workers should help the public services with tackling high levels of demand.

The REC said, ‘If our public services are to react to varying levels of demand and maximise the resources available to them, either on a hospital ward on a Friday night or across a multi-year project to commission new warships, they need to have the ability to source the right staff as and when they are needed.  In order for this to happen, the public sector must be more innovative in the way it uses its flexible, contingent workforce.’

The REC’s forthcoming event Talent Management in Difficult Times will focus on how public sector employers can manage their flexible, contingency workforce to improve the performance of public services.

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