Welsh public sector workforce “at historic low”

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The proportion of people in Wales who work within the public sector is “at a historic low” according to new research from the Wales Governance Centre (pdf).

20% of the Welsh workforce (16.6% UK) works in the public sector in 2018 compared to a peak of 27.9% in 2009. The report says that while the NHS workforce has increased, the proportion of people working in local government, central government and as teachers have declined sharply, with austerity/public spending cuts being blamed.

Research assistant, Cian Sion, said: “….our research shows that it (the public sector) still remains a particularly important source of employment here. While earnings in the private sector lag behind the rest of the UK, the public sector provides a large number of well-paid, highly skilled jobs.”

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