My good lady wife has a specialism in HR issues and this week has seen a surprising number of disciplinaries, Industrial Tribunals and requests from employers to help staff exist their current employments.
Employers are definitely taking a harder view and are less prepared to accept lower standards from staff; and that is what staff are going to have to lift themselves up to.
Direct feedback from other larger employers is that any downsizing is going to be by directly identifying those staff who can/need to/must go and I expect the private sector to see cuts at least equal to the cuts in the public sector. The 200 jobs that go in the council will easily be matched by 1 or 2 from a lot of small employers across every sector.
It is going to be rough....