Thursday, May 23, 2024

200 MSD voluntary redundancies confirmed

The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed staff who were earlier this month offered voluntary redundancies have today been notified of the outcome of their applications.

The Ministry says that there were 404 applications, of which 200 were accepted.

“MSD has previously indicated further change would be required in some areas. The leadership team is working through that now, taking into consideration voluntary redundancies, priority work, attrition rates and other factors,” it said in a statement.

Areas where further targeted change will occur are People and Capability, Organisational Assurance and Communication, Transformation, and Strategy and Insights.

The exact detail of the proposed changes will now be worked through, with staff to be informed of the change proposals in late May.

“In relation to today’s voluntary redundancy decisions, even though it is a voluntary process, it’s not an easy one for the staff involved, some of whom have worked for MSD for many years,” said MSD Deputy Chief Executive for People and Capability, Nadine Kilmister.

“This is an unsettling time for our people, and we thank them for their dedication as we work through it.”

The Ministry’s total full-time equivalent staff headcount as at the end of March was 9,248.

Frontline roles were out of scope for voluntary redundancy, but 13 exceptions were made on a case-by-case basis, it said.

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