Public sector hiring is set to outpace private sector recruitment over the next three months because there has been a “degree of over-firing” in the rush to implement cuts, a survey of employers has found.

Britain’s jobs boom, which has seen employment grow by more than 500,000 over the past year, is likely to continue at least until the summer, according to the quarterly survey of 2,100 employers by ManpowerGroup, the recruitment company.

It said a number of public sector organisations “have begun recruiting again with renewed vigour”. Austerity is still the order of the day, but councils and other bodies realised they need to start recruiting again to maintain public services.

“The public sector has let too many people go,” said Mark Cahill, UK managing director. “They have over-fired or let too many people take redundancy and they are the wrong people that have gone.”

He said central government, the National Health Service and local councils were having to revise their skill needs. In local government, services had been contracted out, which creates demand for people with procurement and commercial negotiation skills.

Overall, Manpower’s survey produced a seasonally adjusted net employment outlook of +6 per cent, meaning more employers planned to increase than cut staff.

Business and financial services achieved a score of +13 per cent, though some of this was an estimated 20,000 staff taken on by banks to deal with payment protection insurance mis-selling claims.

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