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Home Portfolio Administration & HR Tasmanian bureaucrats rush for redundancy offers
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PEOPLEBryan Green, Peter Gutwein
DEPARTMENTSTas Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmanian State Services Management Office
TAGS Peter Gutwien, redundancies, Tas Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmania, Tasmanian State Services Management Office
The Tasmanian government’s workforce reduction plan is ahead of schedule as public sector workers snapped up exit incentives and redundancies more quickly than expected.
Tasmanian agencies have exceeded the government’s workforce reduction target for the 2014-15 financial year, with more than half of the job cuts coming from health, human services and education.
The government set a goal of ending its first term with 1200 less full-time state service jobs on the payroll, and had chalked up 916 by June 30.
The target for the financial year was 821 after police accepted a pay freeze in exchange for 40 planned job losses. “The government is grateful for the responsible way in which they have conducted themselves; they are an exemplar to the public service,” treasurer Peter Gutwein said on budget day.
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