A quarter of public sector staff fear Brexit will increase their workload and pressure at work and negatively impact their work life balance, according to a survey.
The survey of 920 public sector employees by Boundless and Public Sector Executive magazine found two fifths of staff said their work-life balance was worse now than it was in 2016.
The public sector has been significantly impacted by budget cuts as part of ongoing austerity measures. Between 2010 and 2016 local authority budgets were cut by 40%, according to the Local Government Association. Council leaders have warned of deep cuts to services in 2017 despite plans to raise council tax.
Pwc says Brexit will add a lot of uncertainty on funding into the mix, meaning “policy choices will need to be made on whether or not to re-create EU Funds but in a Brexit form”. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says some of the money the UK will save from paying into the EU budget could go back into the public sector, but warns that there might some transitional agreement involving ongoing payments and it says the public sector will be affected by the implications of Brexit for the UK’s economy.
There are also concerns about recruitment in sectors such as education and social care if EU employees choose to leave the UK as a result of Brexit.
Nearly a third of survey respondents said employee benefits and wellbeing packages were being reduced. Some 30% said flexible working was the single most likely policy to increase productivity. Ninety per cent thought being more fit and active would increase their productivity and 80 per cent said employers should do more to encourage employees to lead healthier, more active lives.