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Vietnam to cut at least 10% of regular staff at central level

The regular workforce of agencies at the central level in Vietnam will be cut by at least 10 percent by 2021 under a Politburo resolution, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan has said.

The regular workforce of agencies at the central level in Vietnam will be cut by at least 10 percent by 2021 under a Politburo resolution, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan has said.
The regular workforce of agencies at the central level in Vietnam will be cut by at least 10 percent by 2021 under a Politburo resolution, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan has said.

The 10-percent reduction of regular staff, which is applied to ministries and state agencies in centrally-run provinces and cities, and centrally-managed political and social organizations, is the minimum rate set for this work, the deputy minister said at a press conference held in Hanoi on Thursday.

That means such agencies can cut more than 10 percent of their regular personnel, Tuan said, adding that his ministry has decided to reduce its payroll by 15 percent.

Under the resolution recently issued by the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, all the above agencies must make plans for staff reduction, in which they must specify their reduction rates, the deputy minister said.

These rates are to be announced publicly for supervisory purposes, he added.

The ministry has submitted to the government the criteria for appraisal of staff to form a basis for the cutting of regular personnel, the official said.

Accordingly, Tuan said, those who are appraised as “non-fulfillment of duties” will be subject to removal from their agencies’ payrolls.

The term “non-fulfillment of duties” is used for civil servants in many cases, including breaking the law, failing to accomplish their assignments, showing bad attitude toward work, and others, he explained.

Deputy Minister Tuan stressed that the ultimate aim of the staff reduction is not to simply lower the number of regular staff workers but to improve the quality of public servants at the central level.

Along with downsizing, state agencies will also re-organize their apparatus and renovate their methods of staff classification, appraisal, training, and recruitment to enhance the qualification of their workforce, Tuan said.