OPM to spearhead strategies to contain public wage bill

07 Feb 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Cabinet has tasked the Office of the Prime Minister with spearheading the implementation of proposed strategies to contain excessive growth in the total wage bill of the Public Service.
A media statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday said the strategies will soon be made public by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The strategies include setting a limit on the creation of new posts; upgrading the Human Capital Management System to make it impossible for ghost workers to be employed; investigating the possibilities of reducing the age of early retirement from 55 years to 50 years by making the retirement benefits of staff members more attractive.
Other strategies are streamlining and rationalising the multiplicity of bonuses such as the 13th cheque and other allowances; increasing objectivity on the wage determination process and future increases by aligning it to the prevailing inflation rate and performance; strengthening control over excessive domestic and foreign travel and overtime work; and investigating other modes of providing medical aid to Public Service staff members.
The statement indicated that the strategies will also focus on the reduction of the appointment of consultants and temporary workers; implementing a training needs assessment coordination mechanism as proposed by the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure planned training and development interventions; and carrying out functional reviews of each Office/Ministry/Agency to determine staffing needs by focusing on the strategic positions of each Office/Ministry/Agency in the context of Government’s developmental objectives.
The implementation of a performance management system in the Public Service, leading to the improvement of efficiency and linking performance to future salary adjustments, will be another strategy.