Morale among public sector workers has hit an all-time low ahead of this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review, with many fearing huge job losses, according to a new study.

A survey of 1,000 workers by recruitment consultant Badenoch & Clark showed that one in five had no idea what to expect in Wednesday’s announcement, while a quarter voiced concern that cuts would leave their department under-resourced.

Central government employees were most apprehensive, many fearing redundancies as a result of the expected cuts in spending.

Nicola Linkleter of Badenoch & Clark said: “The Comprehensive Spending Review has been looming for a number of months, with considerable speculation regarding the impact on jobs. It is, therefore, little wonder that there is a huge amount of trepidation within the sector.

“It is clear that many feel that, due to recruitment freezes, they are already under-resourced and this is only going to get worse.”