Civil servants dump Govt. for greener pastures

| September 20, 2013

Government is losing a number of its skilled manpower to the private sector because of the latter’s better salaries.

According to some Permanent Secretaries who appeared who appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this week government is faced with administration challenges due to loss of valuable manpower to the private sector. Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Solomon Sekwakwa told PAC that lack of new posts in government also add to the administrative challenges.

“The problems (administrative) we are facing are due to shortage of staff needed to manage debt,” he said adding that skilled people prefer the private sector as it pays better.  The Ministry of Lands and Housing is also facing the same problem as many of its staff members are joining the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC).

PS at the ministry Thatayaone Raphaka said their main challenge is the fact that their salaries are very low when compared to the private sector. 
The Ministry of Health also expressed the same concern. The PS, Dr Kolaatamo Malefho said they have lost a number of biometrical engineers to the private sector.

“We currently have only 14 biometrical engineers but we need at least 27 people so that we can have one in every one of our hospitals.”

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