More than one in three of 5000 Welsh Government staff are "managers" it's been revealed

More than one in three of the 5,446 Welsh Government staff are “managers” it’s been revealed

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”.

Penarth's Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies - Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly Andrew R T Davies

Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies – Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly Andrew R T Davies

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.



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  1. Christopher David says:

    Yes the plethora of £122,000 PLUS people have the title…..Director-General ha ha. Not sure if they have a star rating too. No doubt they have a few “cabinets” to lock themselves in.

  2. AK says:

    In the future, all workers will be entrepreneurs or sweat wipers.

    Those unqualified for either role will be managers


  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    The saying is , ” TOO MANY CHIEFS AND NOT ENOUGH INDIANS”….. anyone can shuffle papers act important (or is that delusional?) and talk gibberish no special title or position needed.

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    The rest of us
    Can’t cope with
    The managerial
    Situation .

  5. Louise C says:

    Almost all big organisations are hampered by too many middle managers. If they sacked half the managers the organisation would be more productive and it would save a fortune in wages.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Ah perhaps you could quote your sources for us LC.

  7. AK says:

    Local Government never seems to employ ‘new’ management. Any reorganisation results in occasional redundancy and more often a redeployment to another department where they are not qualified, or the creation of some new post to keep people in work, so the gene pool is rarely upgraded.

    Incompetent or bad managers are rarely sacked – they often end their career on stress related absence and early retirement – with a taxpayer funded pension.

  8. snoggerdog says:

    that “gravy train”just keeps on going round& round.what if someone gets ill with a concience or some other infection,they wont be able to exit (modern parlance) the club class refreshment unit (another modern parlance).

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