terça-feira, 13 de março de 2012

Madeira Civil Service Cuts

There are an estimated 30 to 35,000 civil servants in Madeira. The Madeira Government alone employs 24,000 civil servants. While employees of the Portuguese central administration represent 4,1% of the total population and 13,1% of the active population, in Madeira, in June 2011, civil servants represented 11,2% of Madeira residents and 23,4% of the active population.

According to the 2012 budget, Madeira will have to reduce 79 million Euros in staff costs, which in 2011 reached 372 million.

In order to reduce the civil service by 2%, as agreed with the Portuguese Government the Madeira Government will have to cut 600 to 700 civil service jobs per year.

Jardim made an election promise that he would not fire any civil servants and later stated that the 2% reduction could be reached through the retirement of existing staff.

The Publico newspaper writes that the figures do not add up. On Madeira, only 459 civil servants retired in 2011, 57 of them in December. The retirement numbers so far this year fall short of the Government’s target.

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