Civil Service FAQs


Why does the Government insist on the Civil Service reform?

Changed economic conditions require changes in the organisation of the Civil Service in order to both increase its efficiency and reduce the costs. While the efficiency in the private sector increased for about 30% in the last few years, the productivity of the Civil Service remained in best case on the same level. In addition, the Civil Service reform is demanded by both the public and civil servants themselves who want more rewarding and stimulating working conditions.

What does the Civil Service reform want to achieve?

The main goal of the Civil Service reform is to make the Civil Service smaller and more efficient. This means that the entire public sector will be carefully reviewed in order to determine and retain its strengths on the one hand, and identify and eliminate its weaknesses on the other. Specifically, this means changes in both the size and shape of the Civil Service as well as improvements in policy making and implementation, increased accountability and creation of a modern working environment that stimulates and rewards productivity and professionalism.

How will the Civil Service be made smaller? Will there be any lay-offs?

The Government’s plan for the Civil Service reform does not specify its future size other than that it needs to be smaller. No announcements have been made about any lay-offs but they cannot be excluded if the financial pressures will continue. But for now, the jobs in the Civil Service are safe. How exactly the Government plans to reduce its size is uncertain but it will mostly likely employ fewer professionals.

What does the Government’s plan for reform mean for the employment opportunities in the Civil Service?

The Government’s plan for the Civil Service reform does not affect the employment opportunities in any way. Educated, talented and qualified professionals will still be sought after. And according to the plan, the current and future employees will be provided more stimulative and rewarding workplace.

Will the Civil Service reform affect the salaries of the employees?

If the economic situation will not improve, salary reductions cannot be excluded. However, the Government is well aware that only well paid and motivated staff will help it carry out the reform and make the Civil Service more efficient and friendly to both the citizens and businesses which is also the goal of the reform. The Government’s reform therefore foresees rewards for exceptionally productive employees rather than salary cuts. In short, those who work hard will continue to receive a fair and decent salary.