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What does this tell us about the state of the service

The human capital of the APS is crucial to its current and future functioning. Sustaining this is the responsibility of APS leaders and managers at all levels. The analysis of APS human capital shows that the APS has improved the management of its human capital from 2013 to 2014. Results also demonstrate that the performance of the APS compared to worldwide benchmarks (public and private) and UK benchmarks (public) is: relatively stronger on the cultural and conditions dimensions of human capital; comparable on the leadership dimension; and weaker on the dimensions of design capability and capacity.

From a descriptive or benchmarking perspective, this analysis indicates how the APS is performing in managing its human capital. From a diagnostic perspective, the analysis indicates where effort might be applied to improve human capital management in the APS, suggesting that career progression, performance management, and senior leader communication and visibility are all areas that warrant further investigation.

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