"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Many chiefs,few indians!

Australia has much is common with other Western countries with a bloated public bureaucracy with wages,pensions and conditions well above those provided in the private sector for similar work. The Coalition has already flagged the Climate Change Department for the axe but it seems that much more will be needed to be done with these statistics. The ratio of non-wealth producing workers to private industry workers continues to increase inexorably in Australia as in other countries and it will take a major political will to turn the boat around.

The Australian public service is increasingly top-heavy, with 45,000 officials, or 29 per cent of all permanent employees, now classified as executives.
Analysis by The Australian has found there is now one manager for every 2.5 ordinary workers in the federal bureaucracy.
And the rise in the top five pay grades in Canberra accounts for almost all of the growth in the public service during the past five years, with an annual cost to taxpayers of $1.3 billion for the 10,000-plus extra executives.
Since 1998, the number of middle managers in the federal bureaucracy, known as EL1s and EL2s, has jumped 132 per cent, while the elite, three-grade Senior Executive Service has expanded 78 per cent.
The total number of so-called "ongoing" employees in the Australian Public Service increased by 42 per cent over that period, compared with a 22 per cent rise in the nation's population.
The annual cost to the federal budget of executive remuneration, including salary, superannuation, vehicle allowance and bonus payments, is $6bn.
Public finance experts point to so-called "classification creep" as one of the reasons behind the growth in executive ranks, particularly at the top end, as people move to higher pay grades without a change in the nature of work being performed. Put another way, in many cases executives are performing work that used to be done by staff on lower grades.
According to the most recent report on remuneration by the Australian Public Service Commission, the average total reward of the highest classification (SES Band 3), of which there were 135 officials, was $358,552.

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