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13 December 2010

Speculation and conjecture about the roles likely to be hit, following today’s Localism Bill, will leave many staff feeling uncertain about their future. With projected job losses ranging from 70,000 to 140,000 it is vital that adequate support be given to staff at risk so that they can find another job, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert.

Andy Robling, Public Services Director at Hays says: “With a large deficit to tackle, the reduction of funds allocation is not unexpected but job cuts must be handled properly. Our research shows many public sector organisations understand the need to keep staff informed, that they are taking action to ensure the top team is visible and that they regularly communicate with individuals across the organisation, so that they understand reasons for change and input where necessary.

“Success depends on organisations supporting all employees through this period of transition – those who are made redundant, both emotionally and practically with finding a new job, as well as those who are left behind. With more workers than ever before moving out of the public sector it’s important to make sure those who are made redundant are able to identify where their transferable skills lie and how they can best present themselves to give them the greatest chances of finding a new role.”

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global professional recruiting group. The Group 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. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2010, the Group employed 6,845 staff operating from 270 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2010:
– the Group reported net fees of £557.7 million and operating profit of £80.5 million;
– the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 180,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 26% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 30% in Continental Europe & RoW and 44% in the United Kingdom & Ireland
– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% 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 the United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:
Emma Price
T. 020 7259 8821