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Government aims to recruit new civil servants

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More than 5,000 workers are needed. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Public Services Ministry has announced it is aiming to recruit thousands of new permanent and contracted civil servants this year.

Public Service Minister Pech Bunthin made the announcement in a letter addressed to all ministries on Wednesday.

“The government has agreed to recruit 5,996 permanent and 18,292 contracted civil servants,” Mr Bunthin said, adding that that Health and Education Ministries will take most of the new recruits.

Public Services Ministry spokesman Youk Bunna yesterday said the number of those who will be recruited this year is less than it was last year.

“If we compared to last year then we’d see that this year is going to be less because in 2018 we recruited about 10,000 new civil servants,” Mr Bunna said, adding that the Health and Education Ministries are prioritised this year. “These ministries need the most civil servants because our population has increased and people need services.”

He noted that currently, there are more than 200,000 civil servants, 30 percent of whom are women.

Education Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly yesterday said an increased number of students in the Kingdom prompted a need for more teachers.

“The ministry needs officials the most because the number of students increases every year, and also the number of teachers,” Mr Kamboly said, noting that there are more than three million students in the Kingdom.

Last month, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the government will transfer about 6,000 national level civil servants to boost services offered by sub-national level officials.

“With the additional manpower, the capacity of sub-national administrations will be increased,” Mr Kheng said. “We consider this a historic reform of administration in our country.”

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