Things are looking bleak for the public sector in Wales.
Figures released by the Wales Audit Office (WAO) suggest that some 20,985 jobs are set to go in the next four years.
As yet indications have not been made as to which sector will see the majority of redundancies but recent revelations suggest that the NHS faces the toughest of times with budget cuts of £1.9 billion (a drop of £12.4 per cent) set to take effect by 2014.
“Wales has some good stories to tell around how public services are striving to deliver in these unprecedentedly harsh economic times,” said auditor general for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas. “But such examples of transformation and change must be more widespread, particularly in the NHS.
“What is needed is strong and purposeful collaboration, good governance, bold leadership and public engagement across Wales to deliver real cost reductions and to manage the impact on service users and the wider community.”
According to recent figures, unemployment in Wales rose by 16,000 in the three months leading up to the end of September, taking the total number of people out of work to 131,000