Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies has hit out at a “too many chiefs, not enough workers” culture in the Welsh Labour Government – following a revelation that more than 37% of all Welsh Government employees are classed as “managers”.
Andrew R T Davies who is leader of the Welsh Conservatives – says the figures show what he calls “a lack of genuine leadership in the Welsh Government. For 1-in-3 employees to be classed as managers is absurd, and it’s Welsh taxpayers that foot the bill for an organisation which has become far too bloated.”
Davies asks “Who takes responsibility when things go wrong, if almost 40% of all staff are on a management level? From a practical perspective it makes almost no sense at all.”
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Nick Ramsay, says “These figures are startling, with a fifth of all Welsh Government employees paid between £45,000 and £122,000 a year. A top-heavy workforce such as this cannot be good for staff morale, and spending on managers makes up a huge proportion of the overall budget of £273,000,000. It’s symptomatic of the over-inflated bureaucracy at the heart of the Welsh Labour Government.”
“Managers” now constitute 37.2% of the total of 5,446 staff on the books.