Public-Private Employment Transfers

Funded by: Office of Government Commerce


June 2001 to September 2001

PSI researchers:

Background, summary and aims


The Office of Government Commerce wish to assess the data requirements for a project examining the implications of transferring jobs from the public to the private sector. This scoping study will make recommendations on the weight to be attached to existing data, and the approach for collecting new data. The OGC will use the report to determine the next stage in commissioning research in the area.

Study Design

The report will be based on a literature review, secondary analysis of large data sets and discussions with experts in the field.


The study will inform government of the incidence and implications of transferring work from the public to the private sector. This is a key component in New Labour's manifesto. The study will inform decisions regarding the commissioning of future research on the subject.