Gov’t offices to trim 4,000 staff this year
Updated : Friday, February 23, 2018 9:51 AM (GMT+0700)

Asmany as 265,106 civil servants will be included in the State payroll thisyear, a year-on-year decrease of about 4,000, according to a Prime Minister’sdecision that takes effect this month.

As many as 265,106 civil servants will be included in the State payroll this year,
a year-on-year decrease of about 4,000, according to a Prime Minister’s decision that
takes effect this month - Photo: VNA

The employment number doesnot include those working at the Public Security Ministry, Defence Ministry andpublic administrative staff in communes.

Among 16 other ministriesand six ministry-level agencies (Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, StateBank of Vietnam, Government Inspectorate, Government Office, HCM MausoleumManagement Board and National Financial Supervisory Committee), the FinanceMinistry would employ the most with 70,771 positions, while the ConstructionMinistry will employ the least with 379 positions.

Among 63 local governmentsacross the country, Hanoi and HCM City would employ the most with about 8,966positions and 8,052 positions respectively.

As of the middle of lastyear, the numbers of civil servants and public staff in Vietnam were estimatedat about 2.71 million. In general, the State payroll witnessed a decrease from2011 to 2016, especially between 2014 and 2016, when staff strength reduced by4,000 each year.

However, in 2016, the numberrose again, mostly in the education and health sectors with increases of136,663 and 54,500 staff respectively. 

In 2017, central governmentand local governments employed nearly 270,000 staff – a decrease of about 4,000compared with 2016.

It was reported that inVietnam, there is one public worker for every 40 people, while in the US, theratio is 1:160, for an area 30 times larger and with four times higherpopulation.

Last month, the Governmentof Vietnam issued a resolution (08/NQ-CP) enabling the implementation of anearlier resolution last year calling for management  reform in Governmentoffices to improve quality and operational efficiency.

Ministries, sectors andlocalities were asked to reduce the number of public personnel.

By 2021, the country alsoaims to cut public-service institutions by 10 percent. This would reduce thenumber of institutions by 5,792. Staff would also be cut by 10 percent (about205,000 people) over the figure of 2015.

By 2025, it hopes to furthertrim public service institutions by a further 10 percent (about 5,200) andstaff by another 10 percent (about 185,000 people).

Also by this year, thecountry expects to have 10 percent of public-service institutions running asfinancially independent units.

These moves are expected toreduce Government spending by 10 percent compared to the 2011-2015 period.


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