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The gig economy could save the public sector

It has come in for a hard time of late—but the benefits are impossible to ignore

By Emilie Sundorph  

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We had barely moved out of our Christmas slumber before the Office for Budget Responsibility declared that public services, on their current trajectory, are unsustainable. The problem is exacerbated by low productivity levels, which have been near-flat in the public sector over the last decade. To improve services, productivity must improve.

As Reform argues in a report published today, agility must become the standard for the public-sector workforce. With automation potential for 250,000 roles, the public servants remaining will have to adapt to more autonomous and proactive…

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