“Open Data Albania” has analyzed the draft budget for 2016, and has noticed that the Prime Minister’s office will acquire 303 new employees in 2016, as the result of several new agencies under its authority.
After the Prime Minister’s office, the next highest addition of employees will belong to the Ministry of Defense, at 247 new hires. The Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth will hire 177 new employees, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will take on 148. 128 new employees will be hired by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Water Management.
Hiring in the other institutions will not reach these high levels. The data indicates that fewer employees will be hired to work in the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, the Statistical Institute, and other government bodies. All of these ministries will make fewer new hires than they did in 2015. The most noticeable reduction is the Ministry of Education and Sports, which will hire seven thousand one hundred fewer employees.
This is because a number of competences are being transferred from the ministry to the local governments. The 2016 state administration will be the smallest in the recent 5 years. According to “Open Data Albania this reduction does not mean cuts in the administration, but reflects the transfer of a number of functions from the central government to the local governments.