Govt Spending Too Much on Public Sector Wages


Forty-five cents of every dollar the government spends goes to wages for public sector workers.

That’s according to the International Monetary Fund, IMF’s Resident Representative for Jamaica, Dr Constant Lonkeng Ngouana. He says that is triple the amount the government spends on capital.

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His comment comes as the government is grappling with testy public sector workers including teachers, who’re demanding more than the 16-percent wage increase it’s offering over a four year period.

In the meantime, the IMF Jamaica Representative, is urging the government to spend more on programmes aimed at preventing crime.

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Mr. Lonkeng Ngouana was speaking yesterday at yesterday’s Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Post Budget Forum 2018.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.