Magazine article Workforce Management

Contingent Staffing in the Public Sphere

Magazine article Workforce Management

Contingent Staffing in the Public Sphere

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5 Question ANDREW JONES, Manpower Public Sector

During the past year, President Baraek Obama has put the federal government at the forefront of responding to the recession while tackling health care, energy and environmental policy. Yet demands are growing on an aging federal workforce. Manpower inc., the employment consultant, launched Manpower Public Sector Inc. last fall to provide the same kind of staffing and recruiting services to the government that it offers to company clients. Andrew Jones, vice president and U.S. managing partner of Manpower Public Sector, recently spoke with Workforce Management staff writer Mark Schoeff Jr.

Workforce Management: Why did Manpower decide to enter the federal market?

Andrew Jones: it goes back 12 months, when we started looking at what was happening in the economy and the increased role the government was going to play. There are a multitude of difficult challenges. We're looking at changes in the regulatory environment, which are going to put an increasing strain on the Treasury and other departments. You have these increasing demands on government and what the government is trying to do, and at the same time you have this retirement wave.

WM: How can Manpower help develop the federal workforce?

Jones: The government faces a number of challenges as it tries to drive its recruitment. It's about bringing the expertise of working with companies that faced similar challenges: How do we recruit people? How do we retain people? At the end of the day, the public sector is competing for the same set of talent as the private sector. …

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