Dutch civil service to lose up to 15,000 jobs

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Up to 15,000 jobs may be lost in the Dutch public sector, under a plan presented by Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner. As a major part of a 6.6 billion euro economy drive, government bodies dealing with unemployment benefits and job reintegration will be merged. Government data storage will be centralised.  

The UWV benefit office, the education sector re-employment bureau DUO and the Social Insurance Bank, all semi-independent government bodies, will join forces in order to increase efficiency, Minister Donner wrote to the Lower House on Monday. Implementation of the plan should be complete by 2015. 

The minister's plan for a 'Compact Civil Service' also proposes mergers of government inspectorates currently residing under the ministries of Social Affairs and Infrastructure. A website for civil service news, InOverheid.nl, reported that the measures are likely to affect the tax office as well. 

As a side-effect, the mergers will also lead to a reduction in the number of government data centres, from the current 60-plus to four or five. The government plan, including the privacy aspects of centralised data storage, will be discussed by parliament later this year.




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