For many professionals, employment in the public sector
is becoming an increasingly appealing proposition, according
to recruitment specialists Robert Walters.
In an online web poll, professional candidates from 17
different countries were asked whether they would consider
moving from private to public sector employment.
Of 2,785 respondents, nearly two thirds (66%) said they
would be more than happy to take on a role in the public
Candidates from Australia (78%), Luxembourg (78%), Ireland
(73%) and New Zealand (70%) were most enthusiastic about
making the change. In Thailand (36%), Spain (36%) and Malaysia
(24%), a large proportion of candidates said that they would
not consider working in the public sector.
In comparison less than half of candidates in Singapore
(40%) said that they would only take on a role in the public
sector if there was no other option.
Oliver Harris, managing director of contract recruitment
at Robert Walters, commented: “Global economic conditions
mean that the private sector employment market is volatile,
at a time when job security is more important than ever.
"This sentiment is reflected by the findings of our
survey as an increasing number of candidates are willing
to consider public sector roles. They are attracted by benefits
that not only include job stability, but also more flexible
working arrangements, competitive salaries and a good work/life