According to Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s finance minister, 295,000 people are currently employed in the public sector.
Ken Ofori-Atta added that 84,000 fresh applicants for employment had already registered.
Ken Ofori-Atta made a point in his speech on the floor of the legislature during the 2022 mid-year budget review statement that public sector employees were paid in full during the height of the coronavirus global epidemic.
Further, he stated that in order to support public sector employees during these trying times, the government will give them a 15% cost of living allowance.
“Mr Speaker, this government has kept fate of public sector workers. Not a single public sector worker employee was laid off as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Employees receive their full salaries, with frontline workers receiving additional incentives,” Ken Ofori-Atta said.
“Since 2017, this government has employed an additional 295,000 Ghanaians in the public sector with it being the highest registering 84,000 new employees.
“In spite of the prevailing global economic upheavals and the resultant fiscal challenges, government continues to pay salaries of all public sector employees. And has committed to pay Cost of Living Allowance of 15%,” he added.
An employee’s cost of living allowance is the sum of money received on top of their base salary.
This is useful when the cost of living is high in a certain nation.