Trea­sury mulls fresh civil ser­vice job ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion

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TREA­SURY has said it will sub­mit fur­ther pro­pos­als to Cabi­net to ra­tio­nalise staffing lev­els in the civil ser­vice as the 2017 bud­get is pro­jected to re­main at $4 bil­lion.

In its Pre-Bud­get Strat­egy Pa­per for 2017, Trea­sury said Cabi­net would be ap­proached with some strate­gies to con­tain ex­pen­di­tures, es­pe­cially to do with salaries for Gov­ern­ment work­ers.

Trea­sury said the 2017 Pre-Bud­get Strat­egy Pa­per (BSP) sets the tone for the for­mu­la­tion of the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get and its ob­jec­tive was to en­sure that Min­istries fo­cus on pri­or­ity is­sues and draw their at­ten­tion to re­source lim­i­ta­tions against huge de­mands. “With most of our sup­ply and de­mand side mea­sures being in­sti­tuted to im­prove pro­duc­tion re­quir­ing time, Bud­get rev­enues for the com­ing fis­cal year are pro­jected to re­main around US$4 bil­lion. Hence, clearly fis­cal space re­mains con­strained, high­light­ing the ur­gency for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Cabi­net thrust to con­tain and ra­tio­nalise Bud­get re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­tures, pre­dom­i­nantly re­duc­tion of em­ploy­ment costs,” reads part of the Pre-Bud­get Strat­egy Pa­per for 2017.

“This al­lows for scope to­wards in­creased pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment pub­lic ex­pen­di­tures. As we con­tinue with the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion mea­sures al­ready ap­proved by Cabi­net, sub­mis­sion of fur­ther in­ter­ven­tions to ra­tio­nalise staffing lev­els will be re­quested.”

Ac­cord­ing to the pa­per, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a num­ber of projects and pro­grammes in Gov­ern­ment that do not pro­mote eco­nomic growth would be shelved.

In this re­gard, it said as line Min­istries sub­mit their 2017 fi­nan­cial re­quire­ments, they are urged to take into con­sid­er­a­tion that em­ploy­ment costs still claim a dis­pro­por­tion­ately high share of bud­get rev­enues.

Trea­sury said in view of the an­tic­i­pated frag­ile pub­lic fi­nances, re­source al­lo­ca­tions should fo­cus on pro­grammes that main­tain the cov­er­age and qual­ity of pub­lic ser­vices and the on-go­ing Zim-As­set de­vel­op­men­tal projects.

The Gov­ern­ment’s wage bill stands at $190 mil­lion monthly, trans­lat­ing to $2, 28 bil­lion an­nu­ally and Trea­sury is work­ing on its re­duc­tion in the face of eco­nomic chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try. — @ nqot­shili

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