Conservative Home, 6 February 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Conservative Home following the launch of Reform‘s report, Work in progress. Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce.

A more agile country is needed to meet the demands and challenges of citizens whose expectations are higher than ever. To do this, a leaner, smarter state is also required. Current technology could replace 250,000 administrator roles in the public sector, saving over £4 billion from the annual wage bill. Technology could also transform the lives of frontline staff as well. For example, the Royal College of Nursing argues that up to 20 per cent of nursing time is spent on “non-essential” paper work. Finally, removing excessive management roles in the civil service and beyond will ensure responsibility for work is clear – and will empower employees to take ownership of their work.

 Read the full article here.