Top efficiency expert Sir Peter Gershon confirmed as speaker at REC’s Public Sector Summit
Sir Peter Gershon, the Conservative Party’s efficiency adviser has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the REC's public sector summit in June.
In an interview with the Financial Times today (Friday), Sir Peter outlined how the Conservative Party would have to make up to £2bn in savings to the public sector payroll in the first year after the general election as part of the party’s proposed £12bn efficiency plans. This could result in widespread recruitment freezes as well as cuts in agency spending.
This will be an ideal opportunity for recruiters to hear first-hand from Sir Peter how his efficiency plans will impact on the industry at the summit which is being held in central London on Tuesday June 8. Recruiters will be able to make the case to Sir Peter that the flexibility agency staffing brings the public sector is vital and improves the delivery of front line services.
The summit is the climax of the REC’s current public sector resourcing campaign, Make It Work! The campaign launched in February has been designed to promote alternative methods of delivering public sector services by making the most of flexible resourcing and acquiring new talent to lead the transformation within public sector organisations.
Commenting on Sir Peter’s appearance at the summit, Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, said:
“This is the perfect opportunity for members to hear directly from the top influential figure within public sector procurement, who has now worked with both main political parties on efficiency reviews. His speech will be a very strong indicator to us of the challenges which lie ahead for the recruitment industry and will give recruiters the opportunity to make the case for agency staffing in the public sector.
“No-one working in public sector resourcing can afford to miss Sir Peter’s speech.”
Sir Peter was previously the Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) whose remit was to lead the programme on central government’s public procurement worth £13bn annually. He then led a major efficiency review across the UK public sector for the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2003 before returning to the private sector the following year.
The summit called The Future of Public Sector Resourcing, will bring together experts from HR procurement and recruiters to explore public resourcing over the next five years. For more information, please visit the website, http://www.rec.uk.com/resourcing/conference.