Government Vacancy Rate Declines

The national vacancy rate within government has declined to 6.2%, an improvement from the 7.6% of the previous quarter. 

Government vacancy rate declines

The Public Service Commission (PSC) released its Quarterly Bulletin in Tshwane titled ‘Pulse of the Public Service’, based on the state of the public service. 

The report, outlined by PSC Commissioner Michael Seloane at a media briefing, showed inroads being made in the public service on critical matters including human resource capacity and anti-corruption measures. 

“During the period ending 31 March 2018, the vacancy rate at national level decreased to 6.2%, which is an improvement from the previous quarter, which was 7.6%,” said Seloane. 

The improvement is attributed to the reduction in the vacancies within the South African Police Service (SAPS), which was 9 146 vacancies in the previous quarter and now at 4 598 vacancies in the last quarter. 

Other departments with improved statistics include the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), which had 1 943 vacancies. Vacancies have been reduced to 1 781. 

Human Settlements, which had 186 vacancies in the previous quarter, have reduced their vacancies to 49 in the last quarter. 

The province with the highest vacancy rate is still the Eastern Cape, with 29 240 posts being vacant (21%), which is an improvement from the previous quarter which was 33 470 posts (23.4%).  

“Within the Eastern Cape, the reason for the improvement from the previous quarter was due to critical posts in the Departments of Health and Education sectors being filled,” said Seloane. 

Filling critical posts 



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