2km + p n
Where x is the number of new staff required each year, k is the number of staff seeking promotion through the appointment of subordinates; p represents the difference between the ages of appointment and retirement; m is the number of man-hours devoted to answering minutes within the department; and n is the number of effective units being administered.
Call me curmudgeonly, but when I look at the figures for the increase in the number of people employed in New Zealand’s state sector (from a recent low of 181,000 in 1997 to almost 230,000 this year) I feel the mounting anger and internal frustration presumably felt half a century ago by the worthy Mr Parkinson at the inexorable and seemingly unstoppable rise of the bureaucrats of the world … and my ever increasing rates and tax bills. Mike Hutcheson is a former Saatchi & Saatchi
a director of Image Centre, and just learning to read without his finger under the words. firstname.lastname@example.org