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Reveal contractor spending, PSA urges

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

All government agencies should follow the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) lead and reveal how much they're spending on contractors and consultants, the Public Service Association says.

MBIE earlier this week revealed in its annual report that it had spent $38.9 million on external contractors and consultants, which raised complaints from opposition parties.

The PSA says nearly $40m is far too high and a direct result of the government's cap on public servant numbers.

"Since National came to power in 2008, pay and conditions have deteriorated, so that many people with in-demand skills choose to leave permanent jobs and become contractors," PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay said on Friday.

"A healthy and vibrant public service should be able to provide good jobs which are fairly rewarded, and these figures show that's not happening."

When MBIE's report was published, Labour's economic development spokesman David Clark said the figures showed work that should be done by permanent staff was being handed to contractors.

"A strong public sector is about educating and upskilling public servants to do the work of government at a reasonable rate, not about supporting the private sector to charge extraordinary fees," he said.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges said the spending was necessary and MBIE needed to fill gaps.

However, he's asked for details on some items.

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