Public servants' job gloom increases
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59a.m.
Government workers are the gloomiest about their own job security in at least six years, according to the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index.
The index fell to 96.2 in the June quarter, from 98.9 three months earlier, the survey shows. Readings below 100 mean pessimists outnumber optimists.
It was the fourth straight quarterly decline.
The Public Sector Employment Confidence Index sank 3.8 points to 89.7, the lowest since the public sector measure was started in March 2006.
By contrast, private sector employees remain optimistic, even with a 1.1 point drop to 100.5, still the lowest reading since June 2009.
A net 69 percent of public servants considered jobs were hard to get in the latest quarter and a net 24 percent thought it would get even harder to find a job in the year ahead.
Gloom in the state sector comes as the government keeps a lid on new spending, merges departments and curbs new hiring in an effort to return to budget surplus by 2015.
"Public sector employees are caught in an ongoing process of public sector restructuring and job losses," said Richard Miller, director of strategy planning consultancy at McDermott Miller.
"Job security is shaken within their sector while opportunities outside are few and far between."
The survey was conducted from June 1 to 10 with a sample size of 1,570 and a margin of error of 2.5 percent.
Overall, a net 61 percent of households say jobs are hard to get currently, while a net 10 percent said they'll be even harder to get in the year ahead.
Just 2 percent of those polled say their job will become more secure in the next 12 months.
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2/07/2012 1:57:04 p.m.
Well, well, well, the public service's future is as gloomy as our economy, as well as this national lead government's future. Why am I not surprised by that survey result?
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