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PM orders headcount cap in public sphere

Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai has ordered freezing all new hiring in the public administration sector, government spokesperson Domokos Szollár announced.

The order means that not even departing employees can be replaced by new workforce. The cabinet expects there will be 5,000 unfilled jobs in the public sphere following the decision, saving the state a total of HUF 1 billion a month.

Szollár stressed that the changed regulations will not entail any layoffs. Exemption will only be granted to the patrolling and crime fighting divisions of law enforcement and offices involved in preparing Hungary’s 2011 EU presidency, he added. (Gazdasáégi Rádió)