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Government at a Glance 2013

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Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education and health. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, new ways in delivering public services and HRM and compensation practices in the public service. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Compensation of secretarial staff

Among the different central government occupations, the remuneration of staff in secretarial positions seems to vary the least across OECD member countries. On average, secretaries’ compensation amounts to around USD 50 000 PPP, including almost USD 8 600 PPP employers’ contributions and USD 8 500 PPP for working time correction. By consequence, gross wages reached 66% of total compensation. To account for the total amount of contributions to social security systems, one should add employees’ social contributions that are included in the gross wage. As for other occupations, the structure of total remuneration between wages and employers’ social contributions varies across countries. Those differences are linked to historical, cultural and political consensus on how to fund the social security system. Senior managers in D1 positions earn on average 4.6 times more than secretaries. This difference is the most significant in Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom, and the lowest in Iceland, the Slovak Republic and Spain.

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