Government at a Glance 2015

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Government at a Glance 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, health and justice. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, public procurement and the implementation of employment and remuneration reforms since 2009. 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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Special feature: Compensation reforms since 2008

Compensation reforms are used to alter the size and structure of pay and benefits packages for the public sector workforce and have a direct impact on the overall cost of government. The 2008 financial crisis presented a dual challenge for most OECD governments: how to restore financial sustainability while also maintaining high quality service delivery in times of rising demand. Given that employee compensation accounts for 45.6% of OECD countries’ production costs, compensations reforms have been a -common response to these challenges. Significant reforms to employees’ compensation packages can be difficult to undertake, as they often involve union negotiations and other legal and political complexities. Additionally, when compensation reductions are implemented, they can have negative repercussions on worker motivation, which can undermine productivity and efficiency.

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