The Ministry of Finance has produced a plan to reduce the number of state employees in the Czech Republic, iDnes.cz reported. Almost one in every 20 Czechs works for the state and recently President Miloš Zeman criticised the growing “army” of officials, the news site said.
Ministry officials say the plan is not radical and would not lead to many layoffs. However, it is the first such programme in a decade and follows increased hiring by state organisations under previous governments.
Under the scheme unoccupied positions that ministries keep as a back-up – and for which they receive cash from state coffers – would be discontinued. The Minister of Finance, Alena Schillerová, said this could save up to CZK 3.4 billion.
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