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Public sector reform matched by recruiters

July 1st 2010

As services across the public sector are redesigned, structures transformed and efficiencies are sought, organisations will be looking for new skills to create more flexible and responsive workforces. As the UK’s largest supplier of specialist staff to the public sector, Hays is adapting its business model to suit the new environment and provide essential support to employers through this period of change.

Hays is adding experts to its public sector division who will be focused on understanding the needs of employers and devising cost effective solutions. Not only is the public sector faced with cuts, but at the same time as they will be looking for skilled and experienced professionals to lead the organisations and develop innovative ways to recruit staff, growth in the private sector will increase competition for talented individuals. Recruiters will be required to work with a diminishing talent pool to find highly skilled professionals to support the public sector through this period of change.

Andy Robling, Public Services Director at Hays, said: “Although there is a huge focus on budget cuts and job losses, losing sight of the need to have the best skills to manage change would be harmful in the long term. The new team, combined with our existing in-depth knowledge of the sector, will allow us to be in the best possible position to support employers through this transition period. The changing landscape of the public sector provides us with the opportunity to add real value and the reforms we are making to our business model will allow us to work even more closely with clients to find appropriate staffing solutions.”

For further information about the public services division at Hays please contact Andy Robling on 078 8571 9918 or visit

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs over 6,700 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:
- the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
- the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
- the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
- Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:
Claire Fowler
T. 020 7259 8821