Employment in the south african public service 16 03

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Can the public service create jobs in South Africa? This presentation argues that it can, and should. Proposals must however focus on creating employment and improving service delivery. Thanks to the Public Service Commission and Public Sector Bargaining Council for a platform to share this presentation.

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Employment in the south african public service 16 03

  1. 1. Employment in the South African Public Service <br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Overall size of the public service <br />Trends in overall employment<br />Budget Projections <br />Structural unemployment <br />New growth path<br />Increasing employment <br />
  3. 3. Size of the public service <br />
  4. 4. Overview <br />
  5. 5. Size of the Public Service <br />
  6. 6. Budget 2011<br />
  7. 7. Salary as % of total expenditure<br />
  8. 8. % change in non-interest spending and personnel expenditure <br />
  9. 9. Structural unemployment<br />
  10. 10. Public service has increased in size, but worrying problem of long-term unemployment in South Africa <br />
  11. 11. Can the public service contribute to breaking long-term structural unemployment? <br />
  12. 12. Public Service Context<br />Budget for any public employment programmes remains tight <br />Proposals on entry-level jobs “circulating” but have not been tabled<br />BUT, government has a role to play in:<br />Providing work opportunities<br />Especially in lower level jobs <br />
  13. 13. 2007 Projections <br />GDP growth pa<br />3.0%<br />4.5%<br />6.0%<br />Increasing entry level and lower skilled jobs<br /> 405,186 <br /> 443,707 <br /> 503,419 <br />Maintaining the current path <br />303,890 <br />332,780 <br />377,564 <br />Increasing jobs in management and high skilled supervision levels<br /> 243,112 <br /> 266,224 <br /> 302,052 <br />
  14. 14. The need for an agreement on public employment in South Africa <br />New growth path <br />Calls for sectoral agreements (possibly, an agreement at each central bargaining unit) <br />Very High youth unemployment<br />70% of those unemployment under the age of 30 have never ever worked before <br />Broad agreement in society that unemployment must be tackled<br />Labour intensive public services could improve performance <br />
  15. 15. Key Proposals <br />Expansion of internships in the public service <br />Provide young adults with first job experience<br />Entry-level position at a lower wage than currently offered. <br />Full time job<br />
  16. 16. A little more detail...<br />Transitional jobs programme for young and unemployed<br />Creating a new entry-level position in the public service <br />Close gap between EPWP jobs and public service<br />Create conditions for more employment in the public service<br />Funding for ECD and HCBC two options:<br />Personnel expenditure <br />Reorientation of health, education and social development budgets <br />
  17. 17. Presented by <br />Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen <br />Chief Editorial Officer, Zapreneur.com<br />http://www.zapreneur.com<br />Presented at <br />2nd Biennial Labour Relations Conference for the Public Service<br />Organised by the Public Service Commission and the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council<br />

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