Feeds

Laid-off public sector techies better get flexible to survive

Ain't no tea trolley in the real world

High performance access to file storage

Ex-government developers and other tech staff will need to accept the different culture of working in the private sector if they want to find jobs.

With this morning's news that the Cabinet Office is set to cull hundreds of government websites and associated staff, the warning comes from one of the UK's leading IT jobs sites.

Richard Nott, website director at CWjobs, said: "If we do see cutbacks in the public sector then there will be a flood of highly-skilled candidates onto the market. If they're aggressive and realistic about the differences in working life, they will find work in the private sector.

"People who are flexible and adaptable to change are the ones who will thrive and flourish."

Nott said candidates may have to change their mindset and accept that jobs for life, and gold-plated pensions, are less likely in the private sector.

He said the most in-demand skills were for SQL and C#. Nott believes the UK still has an underlying skills shortage which has been disguised by the recession.

He said the pressure for public sector cost-savings would first see a stop to recruitment which might then be followed by job cuts. The site has already seen a drop-off in recruitment adverts from central and local government.

He said: "The private sector has been through the mill in the last two years. The same process is going to happen in the public sector now, whether rightly or wrongly. But there will still be jobs for flexible candidates."

Nott reckons that the jobs market in the private sector has seen an upturn in the last six months. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.