Generation Next: managing talent in the public sector

The fourth and final in a series of sector-specific Generation Next studies, this report explores the work preferences and career aspirations of the youngest professionals in the public sector, globally.


Analysis of over 1,410 respondents from the global 2016 Generation Next survey, showed that:

  • experience in the finance function of the public sector is a valued platform for success
  • 'clear career paths' and 'experience at work' are the two key factors for attracting and keeping talent in the public sector
  • job satisfaction in the public sector is lower than other sectors, probably stemming from difficulties reported with organisational cultural
  • they are willing to leave the public sector at some point in their career, with a large percentage attracted to the corporate sector, and
  • they have the highest entrepreneurial intention of any sector.

The trends highlighted hold significant implications for the future of talent in a sector facing many forces of change. Yet whatever strategies they decide to adopt, it is essential that public sector employers recognise the importance of talent management as a key component of their future strategies.