Government workforce to be cut by 4,000 next year

By Viet Tuan   October 5, 2020 | 07:25 pm PT
Government workforce to be cut by 4,000 next year
Staff of the Hanoi Center for Employment Services in Cau Giay District complete procedures for residents registering to get the unemployment benefits June 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a proposal to reduce the number of government workers by around 4,000 to 249,650 next year.

That would leave 247,344 workers in state agencies and administrative organizations, and the rest in diplomatic missions abroad, associations and civil service reserves.

The PM had in 2017 instructed government offices to pare their payroll by 1.5-2 percent a year for the next five years.

Central and local agencies should make sure that only key employees are retained, he said.

There should be no fresh hiring or setting up of new agencies except in the healthcare and education sectors, and they should be based on government decisions, he said.

The government payroll was cut from 265,100 in 2018 to 259,598 last year and 253,000 this year.

In June lawmakers decided to defer the 7.4 percent wage hike for government staff scheduled for July as Covid-19 placed huge demands on funds.

They told the government to set a new date for the hike depending on the situation.

The monthly base salaries of public employees is set to go up from VND1.49 million ($64) to VND1.6 million ($69).

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