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Public sector job cuts to begin August 2017

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Some civil servants employed in human resource departments in Government agencies will be the first set of public sector workers to lose their jobs under a rationalisation programme scheduled to start next August.

In its Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, the Goverment indicated to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that by May 30 next year it will identify the positions that will be affected by the reorganisation of human resources management.

By that date, too, the costing and schedule to facilitate the changes, should be worked out ahead of the actual job cuts in August.

The memorandum also indicates that by November, the Government is to identify the positions that will be affected by the implementation of shared corporate services in public relations and communications and internal audits.

No timeline was given for the implementation of those changes.

As part of public sector reforms, Jamaica is to introduce shared corporate services for communications, human resource management and asset management.

Legal services across government are also to be centralised.

The Government has committed to reducing the public sector wage bill to nine per cent of gross domestic product by the financial year 2018-2019.