Increase in State Payroll

The Panamanian State spends $321 million a month on salaries paid to public officials, well above the $209 million spent on this expense four years ago.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Monthly expenditure on public salaries has increased, especially during the Varela administration, as according to figures of the Ministry of Economy and Finance from March 2018, every month $113 million more is paid than in 2014.

See: "Public Spending Up 30%"

Prensa.com reports that "... If data from last March is compared with the month of July 2014, when the Varela administration began, there is an increase of 21 thousand employees, a figure that represents more than twice the number of employees on the Panama Canal payroll."

"... Asked about the growth in payroll expenses, the MEF indicated that this is due to increases implemented with special laws. For example, increases in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, which correspond to agreements agreed with educational associations and health professionals. However, in the National Assembly there are 2,038 employees, when in 2014 there were 1,601 employees.  In the Savings Bank there are 1,836 people, 159 more employees."

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State Payroll Spending is Increasing

October 2018

The Panamanian government has spent $2.580 million in salaries for civil servants from January to August this year, 10% more than had been reported in the first eight months of 2017.

According to figures from the Office of the General Comptroller between January and August 2017 and the same period this year, the expenditure on salaries for civil servants increased by $241 million, from $2,339 million to $2,580 million.

Spending on Public Wages Up 12%

July 2018

Between January and June, the Panamanian State disbursed $1.915 billion in salaries to public officials, 12% more than the $1.708 billion reported in the first semester of 2017.

The Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic reported that the cumulative gross salary of the Public Sector payroll in June 2018 amounted to $333.3 million, of which $312.2 million corresponds to permanent officials and $21.1 million to interim staff.

Panama: Expenditure on State Payroll Up 18%

January 2018

The total amount disbursed by the government in payment of salaries up until October 2017 was $321 million, 18% more than in the same month in 2016.

According to a report by the Comptroller General of the Republic, a total of 233,111 posts were registered in October of last year, which are divided into 209,173 permanent and 23,938 contingent workers. By sector, 150,414 corresponded to the Central Government and 82,697 to the Decentralized Sector.

Increase in Number of Public Officials in Panama

May 2014

One in eight economically active Panamanians receives a salary from the State, a growing trend which constitutes a serious risk for the development of the country.

An article on Nacion.com reports that "... The number of staff working for the State in March amounted to 204,904, representing an increase of 7,857 or 4% compared with March 2013, according to the Comptroller General of the Republic. "

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