ERM Annual Report 2014: Restructuring in the public sector

Annual report
Updated
12 March 2015
Published
04 March 2015
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Abstract

The European Restructuring Monitor’s annual report for 2014 explores the rapid transformation of the public sector in Europe since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Initially, employment expansion in the sector helped to stabilise Europe’s economy while the private sector suffered severe job losses. However, subsequent austerity measures (or fiscal consolidation) have brought in their wake widespread restructuring in the public sector. Hiring freezes have meant the public sector workforce has shrunk and become significantly older, with more female workers. Lack of job security means working in the public sector is no longer quite as attractive. More restructuring will undoubtedly occur, and it is vital that those involved in its planning develop a more forward-looking, anticipatory strategy, to soften the blow for those workers who leave and to enhance conditions for those who stay. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    120
    Reference No: 
    EF1470
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1310-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-AL-14-001-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/92093
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    ERM Annual Report 2014: Restructuring in the public sector

    The European Restructuring Monitor’s annual report for 2014 explores the rapid transformation of the public sector in Europe since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Initially, employment expansion in the sector helped to stabilise Europe’s economy while the private sector suffered severe job losses. However, subsequent austerity measures (or fiscal consolidation) have brought in their wake widespread restructuring in the public sector.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF14701
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    ERM annual report 2014: Restructuring in the public sector - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    In the immediate aftermath of the recession in 2008, employment in the public sector continued to grow, helping to sustain demand in the European economy. However, by 2010, significant restructuring was underway in the public sector in several Member States. In contrast to restructuring in the private sector, public sector restructuring affects much of the population, and so generates a great deal of political interest and some controversy. It is also particularly complicated, and often problematic – not least on account of the numbers of people involved, the tradition of strong employment protection and high levels of trade union representation. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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Part of the series

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

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