The Jakarta Post
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Asman Abnur said recently at City Hall that new civil servants would be recruited to replace those who retired or are retiring.
Asman asked the city administration to start calculating the need of new civil servants and hand over the information to the ministry by next month. “We will prioritize those who will work in the areas of education and health, especially doctors and teachers,” he said.
Jakarta Employment Agency head Agus Suradika said he was preparing the data that would be handed to the ministry in January.
Based on the data, the number of civil servants working at the administration currently stands at around 70,000 personnel. In 2017, as many as 3,825 retired, while another 4,123 are expected to end their service next year, according to wartakota.tribunnews.com.
The government halted annual civil servant recruitment in 2015 to avoid wasteful spending. The number of civil servants in the country had increased by 22.47 percent since 2003, reaching 4.46 million in 2013.
The rise in the number of civil servants has been cited as the cause of the ballooning state budget allocated for their salaries.
Data from the ministry shows that state spending for civil servants’ salaries in 2013 reached Rp 544 trillion (US$40 billion). It increased to Rp 617 trillion in 2014 and Rp 732 trillion in 2015. (vny)