03 Jan '13, 8am

Gus O'Donnell: lessons from Singapore - The Guardian

Gus O'Donnell: lessons from Singapore - The Guardian

Planning for the future, providing competitive rates of pay and encouraging involvement with the private sector are just three of the lessons the UK can learn from Singapore's civil service, according to former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service Gus O'Donnell . Speaking as part of the Global Public Leaders Series , O'Donnell says that when recruiting new talent, salaries that rival those of the private sector are an important incentive for the best and brightest to join. The Singapore civil service, he says, "have a pay policy which means they look at comparability with the private sector". In the UK, on the other hand, "we have very strict limits on [civil service] pay. They are way below the private sector at the top particularly, and therefore can't compete as much." He agrees with head of the Singapore civil service, Peter Ong , who stresses the importance...

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