Panama: Expenditure on State Payroll Up 18%

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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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.

When comparing the payroll of October of 2017 with that of October of 2016 an increase of 9,581 civil servants can be seen, broken down into an increase of 9,750 permanent civil employees and a diminution of 169 contingent ones.

See full report (in Spanish). 

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The Increase in Bureaucracy in Panama

June 2016

Suffering from an attack of Burocratitis, perhaps passed on by its neighbor Costa Rica, Panama has added almost 10,000 people to the list of civil servants on the government payroll in the last year, which is an increase of 8% in state spending on wages.

The nominal increase in spending on wages of state employees was $17.8 million between April 2015 and April 2016, according to data from the Comptroller General of the Republic.  In terms of the number of officials, the growth rate in April 2016 compared to the same month in 2015 was 9,925 people or 4.8%.

Panama: State Payroll Continues to Grow

June 2015

Between January and April this year, the state payroll increased by 11,161 people, mainly in the Social Security Department and the ministries of Education, Health and Finance.

The increase in staff also raises the total value of wages, which rose in monthly terms of $210 million when there were 194,855 employees to $227 million after an increase to 206,016 workers.

Company In Problems Raises Owner's Salaries

July 2014

While the "owners" of the "business" of the State of Costa Rica -public employees - are raising their salaries by at least 4%, their "workers" - the private sector - , were given an increase of 2.35%.

EDITORIAL

As if they lived on Mars, two senior level officials in the government of Costa Rica, the Deputy Ministers of Finance and Labor stated that there will not be any problem with adjusting the salaries of state officials at a percentage that will offset previous inflation - 4.14% - arguing that the increased expense "falls within the available budget."

Agenda for Discussion of Tax Reform

October 2013

Though means of five rounds of talks Costa Rica's government is attempting to build a social pact that will enable solutions to be found to the plight of the state's finances.

An article in Elfinancierocr.com reviews the topics to be discussed dates of the meetings scheduled by the Ministry of Finance:

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