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As part of the work programme of the Public Employment and Management Network (PEMN) of the OECD Public Governance Committee, the OECD Secretariat ‐ through its Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate ‐ has initiated an examination of the strategies adopted since the onset of the economic and financial crises to manage employee compensation cuts more effectively. Wage and salary programmes represent one of the largest controllable costs for government employers. Changes in the structure and administration of pay programmes are not merely isolated austerity measures but in fact part of broader initiatives to restructure government so as to reduce costs more generally. The crises have made rethinking public sector compensation models imperative, both to meet the immediate need for lower operational costs and to effectively plan for the long term.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 01 November 2012

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