Belfast Telegraph

Over 2m job vacancies predicted

More than two million job vacancies will need to be filled in the public sector across the UK by 2015-16 despite the cuts in government spending, according to a new report.

The positions are likely to come from people retiring, workplace illness and workers moving to other jobs, said the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and

The report said huge savings could be made if public sector organisations changed employment practices, such as advertising vacancies more widely than just internally.

Richard Greenwood, economist at CEBR, said: "Even in the face of shrinking headcount, the public sector will still have to recruit in droves in the coming years owing to natural churn."