From 1 April, the number of civil servant posts in the state administration will be reduced by 325, saving the state CZK 413 million a year. The government approved the change in the systematization of service and job positions on Wednesday, the government officially announced in a press release.
“We are delivering on what we promised voters. Today, we have taken another step to reduce the number of civil service posts in the Czech state apparatus. As of 1 April, we are reducing the number of civil servant posts by 325, saving CZK 413 million a year. We will continue these steps with deliberation and perseverance, “said Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS).
Last December, on the other hand, the government of the coalition of Together and Pirates and STAN decided to create 74 new service and job positions at the Government Office, mainly to establish departments for ministers without portfolios in science, legislation, and European affairs. Fiala told journalists that the cabinet was counting on the state administration being slimmed down.
“The ministers have the task of gradually proposing savings and reducing the number of officials in the ministries so that in the end, we will save money on the state’s operations,” he said.
According to the Civil Service Act, the systematization determines the number of posts in the ministries. The interior ministry draws up its form in agreement with the finance ministry based on the ministries’ proposals. The government approves the document for the following calendar year; if it fails to support by the end of the year, the current form is used. Further changes in the number of posts or the amount of money for salaries are only possible if the authority’s remit changes or if there is a substantial change in conditions.