Govt. workforce in Samoa increases numbers

The Samoa Government workforce increased by 4.1 per cent or with an additional 76 employees at the end of the financial year 2016-2017.  

This is according to the Public Service Commission Annual report for the financial year 2016-2017.  

The total number of established positions within the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC) organizational structure is 76, which is an increase of 4.1 per cent. This includes nine vacant positions, one position not appropriated in the budget estimates, and four newly established positions under the senior executive services division and the legal and investigation division. Permanent positions made up the highest number of established positions at 78 per cent.

 “The workforce composition is relatively young with most employees between the age of 20 to 39 years, with a gender distribution mainly dominated by the female gender at 73 per cent, compared to 27 per cent of male employees. This is evident in all staff categories and types of salary classifications and levels.”

“Most of the employees hold qualifications at a bachelors degree level, 64.4 per cent specializing in areas such as sociology, political science, public administration, commerce, science, information technology and law – relevant to the work of the Office of the Public Service Commission.”

“It is 29 per cent of the total number of employees for this financial year were new appointments, and 41 per cent were promoted to higher positions within the Public Service Commission.” 

“The corporate services division accounted for the highest number of new recruits, mostly in positions at the administrative and clerical level while HRMIS division had the highest number of internal promotion.” 

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