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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Government Snaffling up all the Jobs

Today's Dominion Post on page C1 has fascinating little article titled "Companies keen to keep on hiring". It would have been far more accurate for the title to be "Government snaffling up all the Jobs". Oh look, I've used that one.
The goverment is one of the biggest recruiters, according to the six monthly Hudson survey, with hiring plans at a three-year high.
Now you'd think with National creeping up on the horizon that the government sector would just hold off growing for a while. Make sense really. But no, they're going full steam and hiring more than even business can hire.
There are about 300,000 government workers, including teachers, police, doctors and nurses. Between 1999 when Labour took office and late last year the figure had risen by more than 33,000.
Hmmm, has anyone seen a breakdown of the public sector by jobs? I know that the police make up a small proportion of this figure, and it's been shown that we don't have enough. Or maybe we do have enough, they're mostly just out issuing traffic tickets. It's so hard to know these days.

What's particularly interesting about this 300,000 figure is that an article I read today on Sweden remarked that 300,000 public employees for a nation of 8 million Swedes seemed rather high. What's our population again... 4 million?

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/21/2005 06:45:00 pm


Blogger Gooner said...

Nice fisk Lucyna. I like it.

6/21/2005 10:09:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

I had no idea that TPK had 500 policy analysts until tonight (according to Winston). Perhaps they could "close the gaps" with their sorry asses! I mean, how many does it take to do what ever it is they do? What do they do … ?

6/21/2005 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Why, what do you mean 300,000 public servants is too many? We can never have too many public servants just as we cannot have too many sickness beneficiaries - it helps keep the unemployment figures down and thus reflects favourably on the Glorious Leader.

It never ceases to amaze me that bureacrats must work in high priced office space (say, for instance, the Majestic Centre) instead of situating themselves away from the "hotspots" or even out in a provincial city, where rents are cheaper.

6/22/2005 12:06:00 am  
Blogger Marianne said...

I don't believe that. I doubt there are anywhere near 500 employees at TPK.

6/22/2005 12:07:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

marrianne don't forget to ass on 'consultants.'

6/22/2005 02:06:00 am  

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