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OECD Reviews of Human Resource Management in Government: Brazil 2010

Federal Government

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This review of human resource management (HRM) in the federal government of Brazil provides a detailed diagnosis of the management of government employees, and solutions for improving it. The assessments and the recommendations are based on the lessons learned from the experience of OECD member countries. 

This review assesses whether: the federal government is managing the size, skills, and competencies of its workforce in a sustainable manner; the HRM system in government is strategic and performance oriented; there is a balance between the flexibility and consistency of HRM practices; the values promoted by the government are consistent with management rules and practices.

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Assessment and recommendations

In Brazil, total government employment (federal, state and municipality) accounts for a relatively limited percentage of total employment.1 In 2008, it represented approximately 10-11% of total employment2 compared to about 20% for the OECD average.3 When taking state-owned enterprises into account, the percentage increases slightly to about 11-12%,4 compared to an OECD average of about 22%. These percentages are small in comparison to other Latin American countries such as Argentina and Chile.

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