August 22, 2019

Zim Government to trim bloated workforce

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Leroy Dzenga

Zimbabwe’s government is set to embark on a skills audit within its departments, as it looks to create leaner and effective structures that will improve efficiency in the civil service.

The government, through the Public Service Commission, PSC’s strategic plan which was launched on Wednesday, is rationalising the civil service as one of its key components.

In an interview with ZTN on the side-lines of the launch, PSC Chairperson Vincent Hungwe said every position in the civil service will be scrutinised to see its usefulness.

As a show of intent, the PSC has collapsed its secretariat significantly from 19 core departments to just five.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who officiated at the event, urged the Public Service Commission to expedite the process and to ensure it has the right personnel.

“Rationalisation of agencies of the Commission’s secretariat through a thorough job evaluation must be speeded up, so that you speedily move to implement the same, throughout the Civil Service,” President Mnangagwa said.

The impending skills audit is in line with the Transitional Stabilisation Programme which is a government strategy to revive the economy.

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