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TMID Editorial: Public Sector Employment



I’ve heard companies complain about the government hiring private sector employees.

Too many people in government jobs mean a labor shortage in the private sector.

Of course, teachers and medical workers are essential, and the number of workers in such departments should not be criticized. In fact, there is still a shortage of nurses, for example, and this is expected to improve in the near future.

But there is overemployment in other sectors. You have to look up Air Malta over the years to hear countless criticisms of overworked employment.

In an interview with The Malta Independent on Sunday, the CEO Abigail Agius Mamo of the Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises said the government was pulling employees out of the private sector. “Serious problem”.

We have received many reports from members that something needs to be done about this as it is very frustrating. It is already very difficult for companies to deal with the shortage of human resources and should be maintained in every possible way. But competing with the government is an entirely different ballgame. Corporations cannot offer the same conditions that the government offers. And now, we’re hearing about the problems post-election, pre-election, and mass recruitment caused during the election.

In November 2021, The Malta Employers Association, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, Malta Hotel and Restaurant Association and Gozo Chamber of Commerce have called on the government to immediately stop the outflow of human resources from private companies. Employed in the public sector, including departments, state designated agencies. This was months before the general election was held.

“More and more members of these organizations are leaving their jobs unplanned and expressing concern about their employees taking jobs that are considered less pressure and safer jobs in government agencies.” They said “Business organizations often said they were convinced that there was no real need for these people in the public sector. We must bear in mind that depleting private sector human resources poses problems even for tax revenue generation,” they said in a press statement in November 2021.

If all these business organizations highlight this issue, there must be some truth behind it. This is probably a problem faced under any government.

The government should conduct a review of all public sector jobs and cut unnecessary jobs. Ultimately, this is what our taxpayer funds are being used for, and such funds should be spent wisely. This is especially true when every penny counts.

But, of course, from a political point of view, any government is very reluctant about this.

The Small Business Chamber proposed a secondment plan. This allows the government to pay the wages of such seconded employees to the private sector for several years, keeping them out of public sector employment. The argument is that the government isn’t just cutting public sector jobs.

This could certainly be one way around it, but the problem becomes taxpayer money to fund private sector employment.

When it comes to hiring foreign workers, the problem is that it takes too long, Azius Mamo told the newsroom. If we can get this done sooner, we may be able to alleviate some of the pressure companies face.



https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-09-26/newspaper-leader/TMID-Editorial-Public-sector-employment-6736246193 TMID Editorial: Public Sector Employment

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