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Gov headcount swells by more than 1,000 after OneGov

Gov headcount swells by more than 1,000 after OneGov

Thursday 07 April 2022

Gov headcount swells by more than 1,000 after OneGov

Thursday 07 April 2022

The number of civil servants has grown by more than 1,100 since the launch of the 'OneGov' plan to save money and slim down the size of Government four years ago, it can be revealed today.

The Government headcount grew by 354 last year. At the end of 2021, there were 7,570 people working for the core Government of Jersey, excluding subsidiaries, compared to 7,216 in 2020.

Broken down

Adding subsidiaries, there were 7,894 Government employees, including 2,475 at Health (2020: 2,371); 2,340 at Education (2,268); and 756 at Home Affairs (744). 

Infrastructure, Housing and Environment, which has known recruitment difficulties, saw its headcount reduce from 631 in 2020 to 592 last year (-6%).

Customer and Local Services grew from 287 employees to 323 (12%); while the Chief Operating Officer expanded from 203 people to 267 (31%).

The OneGov vision

The biggest single reform to the island's Government in living memory, the 'OneGov' plan to tear up, merge and create new departments to make Government more efficient was unveiled shortly before elections in March 2018 by the then-newly appointed Chief Executive Charlie Parker.

 He said at the time that "there will be casualties", but pledged that these would lead to staff savings of more than £1m a year.

Charlie Parker

Pictured: The OneGov plan was unveiled in 2018.

In response to the rising headcount, Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said that more civil servants had had to be employed in order to "pursue the model that was introduced by the former CEO Mr Parker, and it's taken quite a while to put everything in place is basically all I can say."

Deputy Pinel said she did not know when the Government’s headcount would reduce.

She added: "To make that transformation of that model took a lot of people to do that but I think they've justified their existence."

It comes after former Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst expressed his disappointment in the OneGov programme's outcome on Express's Politics Disassembled podcast, saying that Charlie Parker failed to carry out what he had hoped for when he recruited him.


CLICK TO LISTEN: Senator Gorst spoke about his views on the OneGov regime on the Politics Disassembled podcast.

"That programme at the start we said was going to save money and reduce the size of government – we sit here today and we’re spending £200m more than what we were per annum and we’ve got hundreds more staff in Government. That’s not what my vision is, that’s not what my vision was."

Executive pay levels revealed

The headcount figures were included in the Government’s accounts for 2021, which were released today. They also include levels of executive pay.

Mr Parker was paid £580,000 in 2021, which included up to £70,000 for the three months he worked, a £10,000 pension contribution and a £500,000 pay-off.

Interim CEO Paul Martin, who took over from Mr Parker on 1 March last year, was paid up to £220,000 in 2021.

The highest paid civil servant, apart from Mr Parker, was Economy Director General Richard Corrigan, who was paid £230,000 - £245,000, made up of a salary of up to £165,000, other renumeration and benefits of up to £45,000, and a pension of up to £35,000.


Pictured: The highest paid civil servant, apart from the CEO, is Economy Director General Richard Corrigan.

Chief Operating Officer John Quinn and Health Director General Caroline Landon was both paid up to £220,000 in total; Treasurer Richard Bell was paid up to £210,00; and Education head Mark Rogers and IHE chief Andy Scate were both paid up to £190,000.

In total, 119 Government employees were paid £150,000 or more in 2021, compared to 116 in 2020.

240 were paid £100,000 - £149,999 compared to 233 in 2020. 65 of those worked in Health (44 doctors), 44 in CYPES (33 headteachers and deputies) and 32 in non-ministerial departments and office holders.

The Government paid £483m in total on employees, including £403m on wages, £56.5m on pensions and £23.5m on social security payments.  

Voluntary redundancies

As Express revealed earlier this month, the Government is this year set to spend £900,000 on voluntary redundancy payments for 16 employees, with most departures from the Health Department.

The scheme was announced last autumn in the Government Plan 2022-2025 as part of a bid to cut staffing and employment costs by £4.1m by the end of 2022.

129 formal applications were received by the December 2021 closing date, with 17 applications deemed successful. However, one applicant later withdrew theirs. 

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Posted by on
This is absolutely disgraceful.

This means more taxes to pay for all these extra people and how have our lives been made better exactly?

If you call the police you get an answerphone, if you call income tax you can NEVER get through to talk to a person. Hospital waiting times are through the roof and to top it all our taxes have never been higher.

Thank god the elections are just around the corner and we at least get a chance to remove some of these incompetatnt money wasters out of office.

Roll on the 22nd June!
Posted by Martin on
I am now into my 7th decade on this planet & each time we are due a new Government I foolishly say - WELL they cannot be any worse than the last lot?

I have been wrong SO many time & I am SURE that IF BWE printed JUST the cream of the present Governments foolhardy behaviour we would all be astounded at the consistently lousy standards the financially battered public have endured!

If you do not intend to vote - THINK AGAIN - vote tactically to get the worst current politicians -
O U T!!
Posted by IanSmith97 on
As an ex civil servant I don’t engage in the usual Jersey hobby horse of slating public employees. However even I am astounded by these figures. Colin Powell did what the Chief Operating Officer (267 staff) does by himself along with a secretary. How many of these 1,000 came from outwith Jersey? I suppose included in these figures are the temporary staff for Covid testing and inoculation? Fair enough but they don’t come to anywhere near 1,000. I always said, many times through this publication, Mr Parker would never, ever, achieve his boastful £100 million savings. I’m absolutely astounded.
Posted by Michael Blampied on
No - I've checked the date and April 1st was just short of a week ago. The recent drip fed reports detailing the "accomplishments" of our former CEO really are the comedy gift that keeps giving. As a Red Devils fan I'm just relieved he isn't in the running for the manager's job.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
Martin, 22/6, the date when NOTHING will change. We will get 49 members (all on a grade 9 civil service salary). These amateurs will be comprised of wannabe left wing socialists (intent on bankrupting us) or business folk, always rabbiting on about government expenditure. Until that is they dip their snouts in the trough of public expenditure in the form of subsidies, aid, special consideration, cheap loans etc for their particular industry or hobby horse.
Posted by MichaelEvans46 on
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Parker's plan was never going to work, too much power wrongly used.
The result more staff poorer services, in every area of government.
The only way forward, is to get rid of this stupid "One Gov" idea.
Posted by Paul Troalic on
These really are astounding statistics. I am an ex civil servant and being honest I am always critical because my philosophy as a senior manager was to be very mindful of staff costs and to only employ as many staff as I realistically needed. Others contemporaries took a very different view and one senior manager seemed to think if he employed a large force under him it somehow protected him.
Some of those in the service need the short sharp shock of working instead of managing. It would do them good. Sometimes you just have to knuckle down and do some hard graft.
What most tax payers do not realise in asking for more and more services is that those that are employed are eventually going to benefit from a substantial pension. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
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