A recent survey has outlined that almost half of public sector and civil service workers are key members of their local communities, getting involved since the beginning of their careers, whilst just over half joined the service to help others.
Carried out by Opinion Matters and commissioned by Boundless, a public sector and civil service membership club, the survey found out that 49% of public sector workers have been heavily involved in local community activity. It also discovered that communities have been brought together and feel more united as a society following the issues faced by the nation since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As these issues compounded, it seemed to be these public sector workers who held the country together, with 37% of people saying that healthcare professionals, teachers, police officers, and civil service workers are the “backbone of society.”
Boundless’ Darren Milton said
“Community spirit is clearly alive and well and growing across the country with our public servants at the very heart of it.
People in public service roles routinely go the extra mile. In fact, our survey revealed that more than half, 54% of those across the public service joined up specifically because they wanted to make a positive difference to the lives of others.”
Other results from the survey that outline the importance of public service workers include the fact that 21% have looked after their neighbours during their careers and, on a community involvement level, one in ten have run summer fairs or charity nights for their local communities.
The United Nations officially launched Public Service Day in 2003.