Public Employment and Management 2021

The Future of the Public Service

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This is the first edition of a new annual publication on public employment and management issues. This edition presents a vision of a future-ready public service workforce that is forward-looking, flexible and fulfilling to a diverse range of public employees. It provides insights to help governments achieve that vision through comparative data and analysis, a set of illustrative case studies, and expert commentary. Public service leadership and recruitment systems are fundamental inputs to renew and transform the public service. Both of these issues are highlighted and illustrated with new data from recent surveys.

English Also available in: French


Governments in OECD countries are among the largest employers worldwide, and invest an average of 9.2% of GDP, or 22.5% of total government expenditures, in the wages of their public servants. When managed correctly, this investment ensures that governments have access to the people and skills they need to deliver policies and services that secure prosperity and reinforce trust in government. This requires public employment policies that enable effective people management in government.

English Also available in: French

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