Government cuts 287 management jobs, shuffles departments
The cutting continues.
The provincial government took a major step towards downsizing the civil service on Feb. 22 and reorganizing government departments in line with Premier Dwight Ball’s vision of “flatter, leaner management” for the province.
The shuffle results in a net reduction of 287 non-union management positions, although 90 of those positions were vacant.
Government officials said the job cuts come with a $20 to 25 million savings annually, although this year, it’ll cost about $15 million in pay in lieu of notice.
The government is restructuring several departments as part of the announcement — Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development; Environment and Climate Change; Executive Council; Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods; Municipal Affairs, Service NL and Transportation and Works.
The actual total number of job cuts was actually 350 management positions, although as part of the departmental restructuring, 63 new positions will be created. The people who are having their jobs eliminated will have the chance to compete for those 63 new jobs.
The government stressed Newfoundland and Labrador has the largest public service of any province by a big margin.
In 2015, the most recent year data is available for, the province had 94 public sector employees per 1,000 citizens. The national average is 67 public service employees per thousand.
The 287 job cuts are just a drop in the bucket, though. They will only drop Newfoundland and Labrador by 0.6 public sector jobs per thousand — still the largest per capita public service by a significant margin.
Premier Dwight Ball and Finance Minister Cathy Bennett announced on Feb. 22 the provincial government was cutting 287 jobs.