Workers in the public sector have become more productive since the Government began wielding the axe on the sector, according to the head of its independent fiscal watchdog.
Robert Chote, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), said the financial crisis and subsequent spending cuts had made the civil service more efficient and forced people to “respond” to these changes by working harder.
“In terms of, has it made a difference to the way people perform their jobs, I’m sure it does,” he told The Telegraph.
According to official data, productivity in the public sector showed zero growth between 1997 and 2010, meaning the only way the Government has been able to increase productivity is by hiring more staff.
No m’dear. No productivity growth means no productivity growth. Hiring more people will increase output, production, but not productivity.