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22 000 state and municipal jobs cut within two years

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In the final quarter of 2010, the number of employees working at the state budget-funded institutions and enterprises comprised 185 233 people, which is 8.3% of the total number of inhabitants in Latvia. Within two years the number of the state and local government institutions and capital companies’ workers has decreased by 25.5 thousand people, forming 1% of the total population.

The government’s approved aim – the number general government sector employees may not exceed 8% of the population. The average rate in the EU (for the period 2000 – 2008) is 7.9%, informs the State Chancellery.

The steepest decline in the number of employees was recorded in the second half of 2009, after the decisions of the government led by the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis to significantly reduce the number of employees at ministries’ central institutions, state agencies and other establishments funded from the state budget. For instance, since late 2008, the number of employees at central state institutions, ministries and subordinate institutions has been cut by 13 453 workers or 16.8%.

The data collected by the Finance Ministry show that of the general government sector employees 12.4 thousand persons held the public official’s post in 2010. Compared to the 2008 data, 3 515 official’s posts have been removed over the two years.

While the Finance Ministry’s estimates on the average remuneration in the state budget institutions indicate since 2008 the annual remuneration has shrunken from 585 lats to 458 lats (on average by 22%). However, after the changes in the remuneration system, the high-officials’ income fell by half or more. Bonuses and vacation allowances were also cancelled, redundancy benefits were lowered, the health insurance policy acquirement was prohibited, etc.

The general government sector includes such government bodies as ministries, subordinate institutions, universities, research institutes, museums, state vocational schools. Also, the local government budget institutions, the state and local governments’ capital companies.


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  1. Lili says:

    When I read this I understand much better why public services are nearly unexisting And why Latvia is ranking 27 th in E urope for salaries and educationIt is time to leave this place

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