Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived:
The UK jobs market is expected to face a difficult first quarter of the year as a growing private sector, freed from recession, fails to compensate for shrinking employment in the public sector.
Anyone with more than a passing acquaintance with the word “economics” will know that “jobs” in the public sector are only of direct economic benefit to the people who perform them. For everybody else, they’re a cost, resulting in increased taxes, more regulation to justify the increased public sector workers and an exponentially increased desire for more state from its beneficiaries.
So while unemployment may be going up, it’s actually helping us all, even though those being made redundant may not feel quite so optimistic about it. And it’s not a moment before time, too:
But the report was far from gushing about the prospects for a recovered private sector, identifying the outsourcing of jobs abroad as a serious concern for UK employment prospects in the medium-term.
Hm, yes, imagine that: businesses on the ropes and looking to cut costs are outsourcing jobs. Well, I suppose that unlike the public sector, they don’t have a money tree that they can just harvest funds from. Although I believe that even that particular money tree is looking pretty barren at the moment. Anyway, here come the vested interests to complain:
As John Philpott, Chief Economic Adviser, CIPD, mentions: “With many private sector companies looking to move jobs abroad […] the jobs market needs all the continued support and protection it is getting from the government.”
And the more people that remain employed by the public sector, the more CIPD-qualified HR droids we will need to make sure that every form is completed in triplicate.
The health of the public sector, though, gave the most cause for alarm. “It is now only a matter of time before we are faced with the deepest and most prolonged cuts in public expenditure that anyone can remember” says Alan Downey, Head of Public Sector, KPMG.
And the fewer people that the public sector employs, the fewer the pointless and expensive projects that consulting companies can “implement”.
Such talk was treated with consternation by the public sector union Unite which contends that “cutting public sector jobs would hinder, rather than help, Britain’s economic recovery.”
Of course, those union dues might not come flowing in with such regularity, eh? And now, brace yourself for the meta-irony of a union official:
Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary for the public sector, Unite, continues: “in cities such as Newcastle, where two thirds of the economically active are employed in the public sector, the impact of such cuts would be devastating to the local economy – reduced taxation, reduced spending and, ironically greater reliance, on public services such as Job Centres and increased government expenditure on supporting the unemployed and their families.”
Could you actually make up such an incredible statement if challenged to do so? If it was cheaper to employ someone than put them on benefits, then the government would have done away with benefits and just put all the unemployed on a salary years ago. The loss of “taxation” goes hand in hand with a massive fall in costs that need to be met by said taxation. And anyway, taxing a government employee is like you moving money from your cheque account to your savings account and then describing it as income.
No, it’s long past time that the bloated, grasping state was cut down in size. Long may it continue to shrink.