Freeze on public sector employment still in progress – Terkper

Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, has reminded Ghanaians that government has not suspended the freeze on public sector employment.

The freeze, Mr. Terkper explained, would not allow the employment of new hands into the public service.

Breton Woods institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) IN 2008 advised Ghana’s government to put a freeze on public sector recruitment – except in the areas of health and education – to curb the public sector wage bill.

Despite the freeze ending in 2011, the government also proposed a new programme with the fund to limit the number of public sector jobs in order to free the public purse.

Mr. Terkper speaking on Joy fm’s Super Morning Show Thursday said the other sectors of the economy would only employ more only if people are exiting.

The Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana estimates that approximately 250,000 young people enter the job market annually.

Of the figure, two per cent, or about 5,000, find employment in the formal sector.

The International Labour Organisation also adds that the public sector accounts for six per cent of employment in Ghana, and that of the informal private sector stands at 86 per cent.

This announcement has led many of the country’s unemployed youth dejected as they hoped to be employed into the public sector anytime soon after the end of the IMF conditionality.

They have therefore urged the government in the face of the hardships in the economy suspend the policy as most of them after national service are left stranded and continue to depend on their parents for survival.

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