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The employment implications of civil service reform in the United Kingdom: National and regional evidence from the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neill Marshall, Ranald Richardson


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The authors examine the impact of civil service reform on work and employment in the civil service. The research is based on an analysis, at the national scale, of secondary-source employment data, and a case study of civil service employment in the North East of England. Important gender dimensions to employment change are demonstrated. Nationally, job losses have been concentrated in full-time work in lower administrative grades-where women predominate. In contrast, women have benefited from the growth of part-time work, again in more junior grades, and there has been less substantial employment growth in middle-ranking posts. Job loss has also been concentrated in certain geographic areas, predominantly London and a few major administrative centres in peripheral regions. A study of selected civil service departments in one of these locations, the North East of England, demonstrates that continual organisational change, intensification, and associated 'incentivisation' of work, as well as a growth of contracting out to the private sector, has created a climate of uncertainty and instability in the civil service. The authors also demonstrate that different salaries and conditions of service are evolving in quasi-independent agencies. They speculate about the geographical implications of such a breakup of the civil service.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marshall JN, Richardson RGW, Hopkins J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 1999

Volume: 31

Issue: 5

Pages: 803-817

Print publication date: 01/05/1999

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409


DOI: 10.1068/a310803


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