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Job overload at labour ministry

Published:Thursday | May 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Monroe Ellis

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has been found to have breached the Civil Service Establishment Act by employing more persons than is provided for under the act, which dictates the number and types of posts within government entities.

The revelation is contained in the auditor general's annual report to Parliament for the year ended March 2013.

"We compared the approved establishment of the [labour] ministry with the payroll and found that the ministry employed 224 persons in excess of the approved staff complement. The ministry reported that the positions were authorised; however, the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance was not presented," Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis said.

"In the absence of the approval, we have deemed the related payments unauthorised and the culpable officer(s) may be recommended for surcharge," Monroe Ellis said.