CESI symposium Day 2: Recruitment and Retention of staff in the Public Sector in Europe

16 Oct 2013

The second day of the CESI symposium on the recruitment and retention of public sector workers started with a presentation from the Director-General in the Italian Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs Concetta Ferrari calling for employees to be seen more of an investment than as a cost. This is a position CESI wholeheartedly shares and is working hard to promote in Brussels and beyond.

CESI symposium Day 2: Recruitment and Retention of staff in the Public Sector in Europe

The day continued with discussions on workers’ challenges in the health sector and tax administration, giving a unique insight in the day-to-day challenges faced by different stakeholders within this sphere of policy. CESI’s Vice President Esther Reye Diez (SATSE), active fro many years in the Spanish nursing union, called for job creation to be a priority in Europe. With labour mobility being encouraged in the EU, the vice president also warned of the risks to workers. For example, nurse who leave one country to work in another need to be better against poor working conditions. To achieve this, a strong network of points of contact in different countries was suggested.

To discuss tax administration, the symposium heard from Andrea Sauer-Schneiber (dbb), Deputy chair of the G erman Taxation Trade Union (Deutsche Steuer-Gewerkschaft). In order to achieve the levels of recruitment and retention which are needed, the speaker said more political support was necessary. Whilst it is never too late to address the challenges in this policy area, Ms Sauer-Schneiber warned that the clock was ticking.

An intervention from Jacques Druart, the Head of coordination of international activities at the Federal Public Service for Personnel and Organisation in Belgium, focused on improving the bad image of the public sector. A lack of understanding from citizens, a lack of transparency and the limited control that citizens have over public services were among the key areas for change. Providing an attractive workplace with job security, good working conditions, and a fair work-life balance are needed to improve recruitment.


The Secretary General Klaus Heeger thanked delegations from member organisations for their active participation and the invited speakers for their useful insight into the area of recruitment and retention of workers in the public sector as it stands in Europe today. The moderator Dirk Anton Van Mulligen, was thanked for his engaging moderation throughout the two-day event in Hamburg. Finally, a special thanks was given to Marcella Migliori and Aurélie Quintin from CESI’s Europe Academy for their hard work and dedication in the organisation of the second symposium of 2013.

All contributions from speakers and participants alike have been noted. The results of the symposium will be sent to the European Commission.

The contributions and presentations of all speakers will soon be available on the CESI Europe Academy website, which can be accessed via CESI’s website.

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