Public employment and management

Public Servants as Partners for Growth


Toward a Stronger, Leaner and More Equitable Workforce

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This book compiles policy lessons on reallocation of the public workforce, managing competencies, and fostering diversity.


It finds that for the public service to make a contribution and underpin the economic recovery and growth it needs to modernise its governance structures.


Civil service systems are at public management’s core; hence they are central to governmental effectiveness. In the current context, countries need to ensure that the public workforce is motivated and committed to delivery, and produce change, despite the need for pay restraints and redundancies.


Investments in the quality of people management, strategic workforce planning, competencies and diversity of the public workforce are critical to make it more competent, flexible and adaptable in order to have a competitive, innovative and inclusive public sector.


Governments have to maintain and improve the capacity of the public service while at the same time producing savings. The key issue is seeing the public workforce as an asset and not as a cost.

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 Table of contents


Chapter 1
Managing the public workforce through difficult times

Chapter 2
Getting it right: restructuring the government workforce

Chapter 3
The government shift to competency management

Chapter 4
Fostering diversity in the public service

Chapter 5
Policy lessons for restructuring public workforce management

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