And this is why
UK Business can go fuck itself...
Sorry, had to say that, but having had to deal with both sets here (incompetent 'ex-council' staff through to arrogant MBA wielding prick 'captains-of-industry-and-master-of-the-universe' types) I've fairly strong opinions on this.
The public sector has as much real talent as the private sector, and both sectors have their fair share or drek (e.g. hello there, agency IT staff!) , but as various other comments have stated, the public sector dirty laundry tends to get aired a lot more. Some people choose to work in the 'public sector' as they have a misguided idea about life, they don't realise it's truly all about making money, not personal happiness or 'giving back to the community' they were brought up in (or any other sort of emotional sentimentalist socialistic claptrap.)
The problem I have is this 'superior' attitude is far too common in the business community in Britain, if someone is capable of doing the job, what the hell does it matter where they were previously employed? I'm sorry, but this stinks of the same good old British attitudes coming to the fore...'old school tie'..'Oxbridge' ..etc. etc. etc.
From recent experience, we've picked up a number of specialist staff from various 'private sector' companies, foisted upon us, I hasten to add, by a personnel Dept that believes that ex-private sector staff are best, and one that really needs to learn to read between the lines when dealing with CVs (also one that needs to involve someone from the technical side when it comes to interviewing these sods, this is now in hand). Best example from recent months, one character tasked by a project manager to do a job to a pre-existing spec tried to both change the spec and then proceeded to tell the project manager how to run the project..y'see he used to work for one of the 'big' companies, he obviously knows more about these things than we do..needless to say, he's no longer with us.
I know some people in the private sector who have a policy of 'only hiring graduates', fine, its their decision, and there's plenty of the buggers loitering around out there to choose from, 'tis a pity they've not chosen well and I then have to put up with their gripes about how their schedules are slipping etc etc. (We have a number of new graduates as well, they're ok, do reasonable work, but gods, are they slow at producing, even for the simplest of tasks)
Final bit of the rant/spiel,
I have a lot of dealings with people who are unemployed, it appals me some of the skills these people have which are being wasted (hopefully one less, as of last week I've set the wheels in motion to get one guy employed by us asap after seeing examples of his designs and finished products)
I know people with over a decade of 'commercial' programming experience under their belt who are out there driving bloody mini-cabs as they can't get programming jobs. The same applies to a number of trades, science and engineering. I know people, highly skilled in their chosen fields of study, who work in jobs where their talents are not being utilised in any way at all.
I also know an idiot-bastard-son of a director of a private sector company whose only role in life was to crash expensive cars and to rip the bottom out of daddy's yacht whilst out sailing the thing drunk , needless to say he was on the company payroll as a manager, sans qualifications of any sort. I should now add that this private sector company, under this most excellent management, went titsup, and was bought over by a.n.other company. Pity, it had been in their family for almost 100 years.
Hire on ability, not on bloody prejudice.