„Employment in local administration – before and after local elections in Republica Srpska“ was the name of analysis that portal Frontal implemented together with Center for education „Pro Educa“ from Banja Luka.
The survey was conducted in 57 municipalities, 7 cities and 132 public companies in the Republic of Srpska in the time period of 2015 and 2016, election year.
“Out of the total number of questionnaires we haeve sent, only 38% answered, which tells us that we still have a problem with the transparency of their work and this raises doubts about the regularity of the employment process in these institutions,” said Srđan Puhalo.
The results of the research have shown that the process of employment in local administration is non-transparent, especially in public companies. It is not a suprise since the current Law is no obligatory for the employer to announce public announcment of job positions so the exact number of employees is still unknown and there is no mechanism of forcment.
Employment guided by political drift is visible in local municipalities and towns where analysis also showed that the number of signed internship contracts increased during the election year. For example, in the municipality of Gacko in the election year 2016, in August, September and October, 44 trainees were employed.
In the first half 2016, 977 persons were employed in local municipalities and cities and that number increased by the end of the year on 1087.
During the research, a large number of cities, municipalities and public companies did not participated and did not provide any of requested informations, despite the reference to the Freedom of Access to Information.
The results of the survey clearly show that the number of employees has increased in the 2016 election year compared to 2015, regardless of the government’s appeal to reduce the number of employees in the public sector
You can read more about the research HERE