Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The Government has moved to abolish 714 posts from the public sector.
The move is being made possible by the Civil Service Establishment (General) Order, 2013 and the Civil Service Establishment (General) (Amendment) Order, 2013, which were approved by the House of Representatives today.
The posts are being removed from six ministries and nine departments and agencies.
The majority of the posts which are to go will come from the Ministry of Health, with that ministry accounting for 435 positions.
The Post and Telecommunication Department will lose 99 posts and followed by the Ministry of National Security with 91 positions.
Notably, nine supervisory posts are to be abolished from children’s homes and places of safety which fall under the Minister of Youth and Culture.
In piloting the bills Minister without portfolio with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley, said the bills are a part of efforts to help reduced the country’s wage bill as required by Jamaica's deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
It is not expected that the abolitions will result in job cuts as some of the positions have been vacant for years.
The IMF has mandated that by 2016, the public sector wage bill must be reduced to 9.25 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
At present the public sector wage bill is around $158 billion or about 11 per cent of the GDP.
Last year, the administration cut 3,000 public sector posts.
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