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Civil Service cuts maybe 500,000 job losses

February 15, 2011

Interfax-Ukraine
The number of officials dismissed as a result of administrative reform in Ukraine could exceed the expected 30%, Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych has said in an interview with the Mirror of the Week. Ukraine newspaper.

“It is not such a case as when, as in 2005, 22,000 workers lost their jobs because they had different views and supported certain political parties or politicians. Now we are talking about a fundamentally different thing. How could the functions be optimized? The separation of functions is the cornerstone of reform. Therefore, even highly skilled workers, if their functions are no longer needed, have to retrain. How many people will be dismissed? The figure callenamedd in the presidential decree is 30%. However, given an analysis conducted by our specialists and experts from the European Union and North America, a somewhat different figure is emerging. It is not ruled out that after the functional order is brought [to the country], the number of dismissals could exceed 30%,” the minister said.

Lavrynovych said that if the word “official” implies all civil servants, then their number in Ukraine is about 300,000, and if employees working in the system of the Interior Ministry and the Tax Service are also included, then it is about 370,000. If employees of local administrations are also taken into account, then it is another 100,000, he said.

You know, this takes me back.  Whenever a “management consultancy” came in, the first thing they said was 30% inefficiency.

However, given an analysis conducted by our specialists and experts from the European Union and North America, a somewhat different figure is emerging. It is not ruled out that after the functional order is brought [to the country], the number of dismissals could exceed 30%

I see they are still using the same figures.

Note to Ukraine:  Whilst there is undoubtedly considerable waste and corruption in the civil service of Ukraine, I have seen the companies go under having followed the advice of “management consultants”.  Once you have their figures and suggestions, look again at their proposals and their effects before blindly swinging the axe………even in such a bloated civil service as that of Ukraine.

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