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Working in the public sector is not a sure-fire way of being immune to problems in the wider job market, it is believed.

This has been the case for several years, notes a spokesperson for the Public and Commercial Services Union, who says civil servants and associated bodies could be vulnerable.

"As part of a previous circled efficiency drive called the Gerschwin review, the government got rid of 80,000 jobs and with spending being squeezed in this spending round, the government’s spending review which runs until 2011," he continues.

Departmental budgets are still being cut, the spokesman reveals, which could have a knock on effect when it comes to jobs.

According to a press release from the Local Government Association, an estimated 6,700 council jobs have been cut in England over the last six months as the recession takes hold.

The rate of cuts is expected to continue at the same pace over the course of the next year, with three in five councils making staff reductions in the last six months.

A similar proportion is likely to continue to do so over the coming months, the report also found.

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