The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to deal with this situation have once again shown that the safest job and the most secure existence are offered by employment in the state administration and the public sector, said the president of Transparency International Macedonia (TI-M), Slagjana Taseva.
TI-M announced today that it is working with the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) on the project “Assessing Corruption Vulnerability in Employment Policies and Procedures, with a Special Focus on Nepotism, Clientelism and Chronism”. Both the SCPC and TIM believe that this research is even more important now, in the days of the pandemic, when many people lost their jobs and thus their incomes, to the point of endangered existence that occurs as a reason for domestic violence.
“In 2014 and 2015, there were the largest number of new jobs in the public sector, and a concrete decline in new jobs was recorded in 2017 and 2018. The general conclusion is that instead of rationalizing the public sector, the number of employees is constantly increasing. “All this leads to the idea that the employment procedure in the public sector continues to have political implications,” the project presentation said.
It is also noted that some public sector employees have different salaries for the same titles.
According to Transparency and the SCPC, the thesis is confirmed that the amendments to the rules for job systematization are made just before the announcement, and candidates often change their nationality so that they can be employed in a public body.