Public Service in Guyana includes public servants working for
ministries and their affiliated departments, the Regional Administrations
(RAs) and the Constitutional Agencies (CAs). There are 21,206
public service posts of which 12,024 (56.7%) are filled and 9,182
(43.3%) are vacant. Of the recorded 21, 206 positions, 63% are
in ministries, 31% are in RAs and 6% are in CAs. Three-fourth
of the filled positions in the public service are in the lowest
5 grade levels.
Estimates from mission notes, November 1999; (2) Guyana: Recent
Economic Developments. IMF Staff country report No. 99/52, Table
Boxes with thick borders indicate parts of the public sector from
which the survey sample was drawn.
here to see the details of main
components of government employment.
the decade of nineties, public employment in civilian government
(excluding police) has fallen significantly. Since 1993, the number
of employees has fallen from 56,000 to about 31,000, and total
public employment in Guyana today accounts for 13 percent of the
1993, a 14-band salary structure was introduced and on the basis
of job evaluation, all existing posts were mapped on to the new
structure. The Government of Guyana has undertaken some major
exercises to improve the remuneration structures. To correct for
the real wage declines in the public sector in the 1980s and early
1990s, the government first revised the salary structure in 1993
and later approved a series of wage increases since 1994. Wage
supplements were additionally granted over base pay to critical
Recent Economic Developments. IMF Staff country report No. 99/52
the public officials' strike in May-June 1999, the Arbitration
Tribunal awarded a larger than expected increase in public salaries.
Civil service salaries were raised by 31 percent through the arbitration
award. An additional 27 percent increase has been granted in the
public expenditures in Guyana amount to about 40 percent of GDP
and the central government's budget deficit (after grants) stood
at over 6 percent of GDP in 1999. The recent generalized pay rise
has exerted greater fiscal pressure. In 1998 total expenditure
on personnel emoluments of central government employees was two
and a half times as much as in 1993. Between the period 1993-8,
annual percentage increase in personnel expenditures has averaged
at 19.5 percent. The ratio of wages and salaries to GDP has risen
by more than 38 percent since 1993 compared to a 29 percent increase
in the ratio of allowances and contributions to GDP in the same
period. The expenditure on wages and salaries of public officials
has consumed a greater proportion of tax revenues over time, from
12.6 percent in 1993 to 22.8 percent in 1998.
Trends in personnel expenditure
(% of GDP)
(% of GDP)
(% of GDP)
(% of total tax revenues)
(% of non-interest expenditure)
expenditure in the public sector (% of GDP)
domestic investment in the public sector (% of GDP)
and salaries in the public enterprises (% of GDP)
b. budget estimates.
c. Includes 'wages and salaries' and 'allowances and contributions'
of central government employees only.
Source: IMF (1999).