Government has with immediate effect frozen the recruitment of new employees and promotions in the Civil Service as part of its staff rationalisation exercise. This is in line with recommendations of the 2015 Civil Service Report.
A special dispensation has, however, been granted to “critical posts” which will be considered on a “case-by-case” basis.
Sunday News has a copy of a memo signed by Civil Service Commission Secretary Mrs Pretty Sunguro, advising her officials of the latest development.
The memo, dated August 2, 2016, was also copied to the Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr Willard Manungo, and Civil Service Commission Chair Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah.
It reads, “Please be advised that the Public Service Commission has frozen the filling of all vacant critical, non-critical entry and promotional posts with immediate effect.
“Please note that in the same vein, all other forms of regrading have also been frozen except through grade posts. This has been necessitated by the implementation of the Civil Service Report of 2015 as directed by Cabinet on 12 July 2016.”
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said: “Recruitment of critical areas only will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The implication is that we are putting into action all that Government approved under the Civil Service Staff Rationalisation Exercise.”
The 2015 Civil Service Audit revealed massive duplication of duties, abuse of overtime allowances, salary fraud and over-staffing.
Government has been trying to reduce its salary bill, which accounts for at least 85 percent of monthly revenue.
In the first half of 2015, Treasury spent about US$1,54 billion on labour, against revenue inflows of US$1,718 billion.