Minister Ayanda Dlodlo spearheads plan to tackle public sector wage bill

Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is spearheading a process within the public sector to mitigate the impact of the rising public sector wage bill in the context of a constrained fiscus.

The minister outlined details of the initiative during a breakfast briefing on Wednesday ahead of her budget vote speech later this afternoon in Parliament. She said it would ensure that personnel expenditure remained within the budget ceiling of the medium-term expenditure framework.

The initiative will include the development of a comprehensive remuneration strategy that covers the three spheres of government‚ including public entities in the medium term. The organisational structures and whole establishment of the public service will be reviewed and aligned to ensure the optimum utilisation of human resources.

“We are also seized with extensive work to look at the organisational structure of the department. This work will result in a directive that will seek to limit the personnel additional to the structure and this will be done without affecting the operations of the department‚” the minister said.

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