Redesigning public sector HR functions

Fairhurst P, Reilly P | Opinion Paper OP21 | Institute for Employment Studies | Aug 2010

There can be no doubt now that the public sector is going to have to find significant savings over the coming years. There remains uncertainty about the future but this is about how large the savings will need to be and over what timescale they will need to be delivered, rather than whether there will be savings.

HR will have to both play its part in facilitating that process but also find its own new ways of working. This may not be painless but, as many are recognising, a crisis can often also be an opportunity to go back to first principles and make more radical changes to ensure that the service is truly fit for purpose.