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« on: 30 September 2010, 03:26:PM »

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/8041602/public-sector-to-get-smaller/

The Government's signaling the size of the core public sector will get smaller.

State Services Minister, Tony Ryall's, released figures showing the size of the core public service has fallen by around 2,100 staff since December 2008.

It now employs just over 36,500 full time staff.

Tony Ryall says further reductions are ahead with projections there'll be around 500 fewer positions over the next year.
He suspects the number may even end up greater than that.



God I love it when politicians discuss the public sector.  They manage to reveal images that underpin false impressions in the following manner:

Core public service
This phrase is used to imply central government employees

Full time
This employs FTEs (Full Time Equivalents) of 1255 hours per working year per employee.

What this government means is they have reduced full time employed staff by 2100 FTEs.  What they neglect to say is they have increased their non FTEs to compensate.  Thus part time staff, contract staff (hourly), temp staff, and fixed term contract staff (start date/end date) have increased in an effort to close the gaps created as a result of the FTE redundancies.  The temporary gap closures, are hidden costs formed in the operating ledger, rather than the normal staff cost ledger.  Managers are able to hide their staffing via the operational balance sheet which is largely undetectable in the End of year accounts.  Fantastic huh?   Smile
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« Reply #1 on: 30 September 2010, 03:55:PM »

From the Government's point of view it is great.  Contract staff often can't join unions and many part-time staff can't afford to.  If the workers aren't there, the Government has an excuse either not to offer a service or to put it out to tender from private sector companies.  Any profits will go to mates of the Government, and it will be ordinary kiwis who will pay.

What's the easiest way to cut a hospital waiting list?  Don't offer the service, don't keep a list.  If the patients want the service they will pay or go without.

It seems that the main increase in staff under the Nats has been its own PR team.
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« Reply #2 on: 30 September 2010, 05:39:PM »

From the Government's point of view it is great.  Contract staff often can't join unions and many part-time staff can't afford to.  If the workers aren't there, the Government has an excuse either not to offer a service or to put it out to tender from private sector companies.  Any profits will go to mates of the Government, and it will be ordinary kiwis who will pay.

What's the easiest way to cut a hospital waiting list?  Don't offer the service, don't keep a list.  If the patients want the service they will pay or go without.

It seems that the main increase in staff under the Nats has been its own PR team.

Absolutely....but more importantly, when you sit for hours waiting for service at Housing nz or Work n Income or ACC, you have paid for this in staff redundancies.
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