The BBC recently reported on a survey conducted by Barclays Corporate and the Financial Times about employing ex public sector workers. Although over half of the 500 companies surveyed said that they are planning to create more jobs, the survey found that over 57% were not interested in taking on former state employees. 52% of those businesses surveyed said it was because they believed that the public sector workers were “not equipped for a job in their business”.
I think this article highlights the preconceived idea that public sector workers are not right for the private sector. This is not something new; I have certainly come across this many times in my experiences (over 30 years) as an employee and employer in the private sector.
Are we in the private sector right about this? I have seen evidence of both good and bad employees from the public sector. Maybe it would be a good idea to judge people on their individual merits and give the recently available resources a chance to prove themselves.
If you are currently considering taking on new team members, where are you looking for your resources to come from? Would you be prepared to, at least, consider someone who had been made redundant from the public sector?
BBC Article Private firms ‘wary of hiring’ public sector workers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12521580