Government to re-evaluate job vacancies in the public sector

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The government will re-evaluate job vacancies posted in the public sector and see how they can be prioritised for the benefit of the ministries that needed them, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office said at the 15th Legislative Council meeting.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud was responding to a query from YB Pg Hj Mohamed Pg Osman on the status of the hiring freeze on government positions.

Despite not disclosing any figures, the minister said some of the vacancies in the government had to be frozen to give way to positions that need to be urgently filled.

“Nevertheless, we will monitor and re-evaluate this matter,” said the minister.

The minister also admitted the sluggish government hiring process as enquired by YB Pg Hj Ali Pg Maon and added that the large number of applicants to be considered for small number of posts was the common factor for the delays.

“For example, there is one position that received more than 4,000 applicants and due to that, the hiring procedures would take longer as the process would involve a number of ways,” he said.

“Besides the computerised (tests), the hiring process also include human factor – so its time-frame cannot be accurately pinpointed,” he added.

YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Mokti also noted that government posts especially those advertised at state newspaper “Pelita Brunei” also see applicants who are already hired by the government.

“So, applicants have to be patient because they are not the only ones applying for positions advertised,” he said.

“But the Public Service Commission will take note and find ways to tackle this matter,” he added.

The Bruneian