Govt opts for cheap labour?

DPSM Director Ruth Maphorisa
DPSM Director Ruth Maphorisa

The engagement of part time workers is meant to prevent bloating of the public service wage bill, as well as to reduce overtime expenditure. The Director of Public Service Management (DPSM) Ruth Maphorisa revealed this in her inaugural media address on Tuesday. She said in 2014, the government spent approximately P900 million in overtime payment.

“Engagement of part time employees was triggered by the amount spent in over-time payments.

“Cutting on this expenditure would ensure that the money spent on paying for over-time work could be utilised elsewhere,” Maphorisa said. She also pointed out that the exercise is not government’s strategy to replace permanent employment or an initiative aimed at addressing challenges of unemployment in the country, but rather to meet the existing needs in the public service.   

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