Belfast Telegraph

Jobseekers prefer public sector

By Alan Jones

Jobseekers would prefer to work in the public sector than in a private firm, new research has shown.

Only one in six would opt to be employed by a private company, a survey of 5,000 adults by jobs website found.

Favourable hours, holidays and flexi-time were the main reasons for applying for public sector posts, while half those questioned believed they would get a good pension.

Morale in the sector was described as good, despite job cuts and recent wage freezes.

Mike Booker, director of public sector at, said: "The public sector remains an attractive option to jobseekers looking for roles with reasonable working hours, as well as a fair deal on fundamental benefits like annual leave. With real wages falling across many industries and the rise of zero-hours contracts, jobseekers are turning to the public sector, as it has traditionally offered more job security.

"However, with the age of austerity set to continue and continued high demand for the positions available, competition will be as fierce as ever. For public sector recruiters, this means a good opportunity to hire some of the very best talent."

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