SME’s not willing to hire from Public sector

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Small businesses are set to hire new staff in 2011, but are unwilling to hire ex-public sector workers.

According to a survey of SME employers by utility price comparison website uSwitch, 22% of small to medium business enterprises (SMEs) intend to hire new staff but just 2% of them would actively seek to recruit public sector workers.

Almost a quarter of small businesses would hire a public sector worker if there was no one else for the job. One in ten would not hire a public sector worker whatsoever. The news comes as redundancy in the public sector is expected to increase in 2011, with impending cuts on the NHS, councils and the military.

The survey reveals a widely spread perception that public sector industry has developed ‘over-indulged staff with unrealistic expectations of the work place’. More than half (55%) of SME owners believe public sector workers to be unrealistic in their expectations about pay, holidays and employment terms, and only 11% of those questioned considered public sector workers to be as productive as their private sector counterparts.

SME owners also perceive public sector workers to be incompatible with their businesses – just 6% think that a public sector worker would fit in well with their company, a worrying indicator of the level of hostility public sector workers may find when they are looking for employment. Despite this, almost three quarters (72%) of SME owners expect their business to grow or at least retain its size.

James Constant, director of uSwitchforbusiness, said: “The Government is pinning its hopes on the private sector being ready, willing and able to offer employment to redundant public sector workers.

“What it hasn’t grasped is that employers view public and private sector candidates very differently. “Small businesses need workers that can fit in quickly, hit the ground running and add value to the bottom line – what this research shows is that there are grave doubts as to whether public sector workers can meet this demanding brief.”

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  1. Lance

    I fully agree with most comments made by Mr Megir. The two pqeuerrisites he mentions, rule of law and liberalisation of the employment market are without question in my mind absolutely needed. However, even before them, we-Greece needs measures similar to an electroshock, to bring to life again the economy. Mr Megir argues about the situation bb when an entrepreneur plans . bb . In my view this does not happen at all in Greece now. Entrepreneurs and the private sector in general are frozen. Plans for investment opportunities are not being made. Hirings are not taking place. Companies- mainly small- are closing down. Liquidity, which will enable all the above to begin functioning-slowly is totally absent. This is the key question in my mind, to which I would kindly ask Mr Megir to give his view. How does one practically throw liquidity into the system? The answer as far as I can understand comes – if and when they decide so- only through the European Cental Bank. Together with the measures proposed by Mr Megi, at the local levelr. But we need the electoshock first, otherwise the line in the monitor is straight.

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