Supporting productivity in public sector organisations to drive growth

As the key driver of economic growth, productivity is what leads to better living standards, higher wages, a more skilled workforce and greater wellbeing. Public sector organisations have an important role to play in enabling productivity growth. But how do we define and measure public sector productivity? What are the key levers that can be used to boost this, and are there lessons to learn from the private sector?

From practical guidance to thought leadership, we’ve put together a number of insightful resources which seek to address these questions and support the significant productivity potential of the public sector.


Making public sector productivity practical

Improving productivity not only boosts economic growth, it can also encourage innovation, create employment opportunities, enhance educational attainment, and renew the social and cultural fabric across the UK. But since 2010 there’s been a slowdown in productivity across the UK, a challenge that’s influenced several political agendas for many years. 

To address this, we partnered with The Productivity Institute to find practical ways to accelerate productivity and create a pathway to improve efficiency, opportunities and outcomes for all. 

Download our report, Making Public Sector Productivity Practical, where we connect the different perspectives from which the public sector can approach productivity.

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Making public sector productivity practical

Bart van Ark of The Productivity Institute considers the importance of productivity in the public sector and how to put this in practice.

Boosting productivity in the public sector through greater business agility

As the UK struggles with a cost of living and skills crisis, public sector organisations should use agility to boost productivity. Read more

Productivity puzzles podcast series

Bart van Ark, Professor of Productivity Studies at the University of Manchester and MD of the Productivity Institute brings together leading minds to discuss how to improve productivity.

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Upskilling for the future: Solving the productivity problem

Our research with 1,500 employees and 1,000 HR decision makers shows a disconnect in the quality of learning and development opportunities which could impact the economy.

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Delivering smoother journeys through better road management

We’re transforming how roadworks are managed across the North East by supporting 11 local authorities to implement road activity permit schemes, reducing disruption to people’s journeys.

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Helping people save for retirement for a more financially secure society

Delivering automatic enrolment with The Pensions Regulator, we employ 150 staff and operate a multi-channel customer contact centre to communicate directly with all UK

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Delivering a smart, connected Scotland with the Scottish Wide Area Network

Together with SWAN we’re delivering an ambitious and significant ICT initiative to bring reduced costs, improved service and the ability for different organisations to share vital data to better serve Scottish citizens

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How we can help to enhance productivity in public services


Grant disbursement

From standing up new grant schemes, to streamlining existing scheme delivery, we help you ensure funds reach the right people and achieve desired outcomes.

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Levelling up and placemaking

We provide specialist planning, funding and decarbonisation expertise to help local authorities regenerate their spaces to boost local economies and communities.

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We're one of the UK’s largest providers of strategic and tactical procurement services, helping our clients to manage and improve their supply chains.

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Government venturing

We’re partnering with government to generate value from latent assets and create sustainable new income streams to fund essential public services.

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Learning and development

We help our clients with the development and implementation of learning strategies that create better outcomes and supports them to stay competitive.

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Digital transformation

We’re helping governments, citizens and communities solve their most complex challenges through digital and technology-enabled service transformation.

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Productivity in central government

We can help you make the most of your resources, building a better way of working and introducing innovative solutions so you can deliver high-performance public services.

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Productivity in local government

We free you to focus on what really matters by helping you use data, technology and our process knowhow to make local public services more effective.

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