April 10, 2016 -
In an effort to weed out ghost workers, reduce costs of wages and open up money for developmental projects, labour industry stakeholders are urging the Zimbabwe government to implement biometric payroll registration of the civil service to eliminate alleged ghost workers.
According to a report in The Herald, the increase in the overall costs of public sector wages has surpassed the growth in real gross domestic product.
In a recent workshop organized by the National Economic Consultative Forum and USAID Strategic Economic Research Agency to address issues to do with the wage structure and labour costs in Zimbabwe, African Corporate Advisors managing director Mike Nyamazana said that the adoption of a biometric payroll is key if the reduction of government’s wage is to be a reality.
“The public sector wage bill is now compromising fiscal and debt sustainability, and jeopardising growth by generating excessive deficits and crowding out growth enhancing public investments,” said Nyamazana. “There is an urgent need to stimulate economic growth and similarly reduce the wage bill. In the short to medium-term government should implement a wage policy that is fiscally sustainable. Biometric payroll will help weed out ghost workers.”
Biometrics-based payroll systems have been implemented in a number of African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya as part of their payroll audits enabling public service employees and pensioners to be accurately identified and the removal ghost workers from the payroll.