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MANAGEMENT INFORMATION REPORT

PERFORMANCE OF THE WAGE BILL FOR THE PERIOD

JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2010
1. General:
The attached analysis shows actual performance of the wage bill for the period January to December 2010. The total actual payroll cost incurred during the period under review amounted to Le541.511 billion. The profiles indicate the expenditure pattern for MDAs, Teachers, Police, Foreign Missions, the Military, Salary Grants, Pensions/Gratuities and Government contributions to Social Security on a monthly basis.

The total wage bill expended in 2010 compares unfavourably with the annual total projection of Le514.974 billion. The deficit of Le26.537 billion (representing 5.15% over the annual projection) was mainly due to excess expenditure as follows:

* Pensions, Gratuity and other Retirement Benefits: Actual expenditure amounted to Le34.737 billion that is Le9.237 billion or 36.22% excess of the 2010 projection (Le25.500 billion). This was largely attributed to payment of arrears during the year.

* Government’s Contribution to Social Secruity: Actual expenditure was Le34.674 billion which was Le3.568 billion or 11.47% more that what was projected (Le31.106 billion) for the financial year. The implementation of the free health care programme which resulted in the introduction of new salary structure for health workers largely triggered the rise in total payment made to NASSIT.

* Teachers: Total actual expenditure for teachers amounted to Le164.874 billion. This was Le2.788 billion or 1.72% higher than the projected figure (Le162.086 billion). Reasons for the deficit were mainly due to the eight months back-log pay (Le3.126 billion) to 1,597 newly recruited teachers for the period September 2009 to April 2010. In addition to the one-off payment (Le3.494 billion) made to teachers in December 2010.

* Miscellaneous: Le5.755 billion was expended in respect of unbudgeted salary and salary related claims.

Despite the high wage bill expended during the year, it is worth noting that the overall payroll process was executed under strict internal control procedures to minimise wastages. The use of various payroll reports to review data inputs, validation checks, variance analysis, etc were being used to ensure efficiency. It is important also to note that the nature by which the payroll was being process affects the status of the total monthly workforce and cost. The fluctuations shown on the attached analyses were as a result of the various advices received from the employing authorities (HRMO, MEYS, MoD, Police, etc) which involve additions, deletions or terminations of employees as the case may be. Variation in total monthly workforce for the period under review was relatively low (i.e. from 70,745 in January 2010 to 73,646 as at December 2010).

The attached payroll profiles also indicate that Teachers (Le164.874 billion – 30.45%) constitutes the bulk of the payroll cost (Le541.511 billion) incurred during the period under review, followed by MDAs (Le120.364 billion – 22.23%), Subvented Institutions (Le61.869 billion – 11.43%), the Military – Joint Force Command (Le45.723 billion – 8.44%), Foreign Missions (Le36.535 billion – 6.75%) and Police (Le36.000 billion – 6.65%). Pensions/Gratuities, NASSIT contributions and Wages Arrears - miscellaneous amounted to Le34.737 billion (6.41%), Le34.674 (6.40%) and Le5.755 billion (1.06%) respectively. 2. Expenditure Pattern:
Monthly expenditures have been reconciled with related figures in the Statement of Financial Performance/Report produced by Main Accounts Unit of the Accountant General’s Department to ensure consistency in the performance of the wage bill. Monthly percentage contributions to the total wage bill for the period under review are shown in the profile below:

Month | Actual Wage Bill Le M | % Contribution | Workforce | January | 38,131 | 7.04 | 70,745 | February | 37,041 | 6.84 | 71,995 | March | 34,063 | 6.29 | 68,510 | April | 49,581 | 9.16 | 71,057 | May | 50,204 | 9.27 | 72,799 | June | 38,068 | 7.03 | 73,038 | July | 52,691 | 9.73 | 73,563 | August | 50,355 | 9.30 | 73,328 | September | 45,696 | 8.44 | 73,381 | October | 47,568 | 8.78 | 73,726 | November | 46,541 | 8.59 | 73,503 | December | 51,572 | 9.53 | 73,646 | Total | 541,511 | 100.00 | |

Movement in the wage bill and work force is further illustrated by the linear graph shown below.

* January 2010
From the attached analysis and the profile above, the actual wage bill incurred in January amounted to Le38.131 billion. This was 7.04% of the total actual payroll cost for the year ended 31st December 2010 with an active work force of 70,745. Advance annual rent allowance of Le2.578 billion was paid to Ministers and Judges during the review period.

Pensions/Gratuity and Social Security payments during the month amounted to Le0.312 billion and Le2.030 billion respectively. Total salary grants incurred was Le4.649 billion.

* February 2010
Actual expenditure in February was Le37.041billion constituting 6.84% of the total wage bill incurred for the period January to December 2010. The active workforce for the month was 71,995. Though there was an increase in active workforce, actual expenditure for the month was 2.86% lower than that expended in the previous month in which annual rent allowance was paid to Ministers and Judges.

During the review month, Le6.337 billion was paid to subvented agencies as salary grants. Le0.276 billion and Le1.978 billion were expended in respect of Pensions/ Gratuity and Government/Employees’ contributions to Social Security.

* March 2010
According to the above expenditure table and linear graph, the month of March recorded the lowest wage bill (Le34.063 billion). This constitutes 6.29% of the total actual wage bill expended as at 31st December 2010. The actual workforce for the month was 68,510. The drop in cost and workforce was mainly due to instructions received from HRMO relating to the verification exercise carried out by Booz and Co. Consultants to clean up the MoHS payroll.

Pesions/Gratuity and salary grants amounted to Le0.370 billion and Le1.880 billion respectively. Le3.326 billion was paid to NASSIT in respect of Social Security contributions. Military and Foreign Missions contributions (Le0.956 billion) for the month of February 2010 were paid to NASSIT in the month of March 2010.

* April 2010
Actual amount expended during the month of April was Le49.581billion representing 9.16% of the total expenditure during the financial year 2010. The actual work force during the month was 71,057.

The sharp increase in the total actual payroll cost was mainly due to the implementation of the ‘Free Health Care’ initiative. In addition to the payment of Le3.988 billion and Le7.631 billion as ‘End of Service Benefit’/ ‘pension arrears’ to Ex-Ministers and salary grants to subvented institutions respectively. Social Security payments for the period totalled Le2.662 billion.

* May 2010
Actual wage bill of Le50.204 billion was recorded in May 2009 which represents 9.27% of the total actual wage bill for the period ended 31st December 2010 with an actual workforce of 72,799. This was 1.26% higher than that incurred in the previous month. The high variance was mainly due to the implementation of the 2009/2010 recruitment process of Teachers (including backlog payments for the period September 2009 to April 2010).

The sum of Le5.692 billion was also incurred by the Pension Unit in respect of End of Service Benefit, pension arrears to NASSIT, Ex-Gratia, etc. Salary Grants and NASSIT contributions amounted to Le5.119 biliion and Le2.550 billion respectively.

* June 2010
The actual payroll cost for the above period was Le38.068 billion representing 7.03% of the total actual wage bill incurred during 2010. Comparatively, the wage bill for the month was lower than what was spent in April (23.22%) and May (24.17%) respectively due to reasons stated above. The actual work force reported for the month was 73,038. Government/ Employees’ contributions to Social Security was Le2.409 billion, salary grants (Le1.932 billion) and Pensions/Gratuity (Le0.911 billion).

* July 2010
Comparatively, the highest payroll cost of Le52.691 billion (9.73%) was recorded in July 2010 with an actual work force of 73,563. The payroll cost for the reported month was 38.41% higher than what was expended in the previous month. This was largely due to the payment of salary grants (Le12.389 billion) to most of the subvented institutions for quarter 3. In addition to the payment of Government Pensions/ End of Service benefits amounting to Le1.732 billion and salary grants (Le1.932 billion).

Government/ Employees’ contributions to Social Security was Le4.098 billion. Military and Foreign Missions contributions (Le1.050 billion) for the month of June 2010 were paid to NASSIT during the review month.

* August 2010 The actual wage bill expended for the above period was Le50.355 billion (9.30%) with an actual work force of 73,328. The payroll cost for the reported month was 4.43% lower than what was reported in the previous month. Annual travelling allowance of Le1.412 billion was also paid to teachers during August 2010.

Total expenditure in respect of Pensions/Gratuity amounted to Le5.352 billion. Salary grants paid to subvented institutions during the month was Le3.723 billion. Government/ Employees’ contributions to Social Security was Le3.212 billion.

* September 2010
Total wage cost for the month was Le45.696 billion representing 8.44% of the total wage bill for 2010. Actual total workforce for the month was 73,381. During the review period Le7.057 billion was expended in respect of Government Pensions/End Service benefits. Salary grants for the period amounted to Le1.206 billion. Social Security payments sum up to Le3.038 billion for the reported month.

* October 2010
Total expenditure for the month under review was Le47.568 billion (8.78% of total expenditure). Actual total workforce was 73,726. During the month Le2.384 billion was recorded in respect of Government Pensions/End Service benefits. Reported expenditures for Salary grants and Social Security for the period amounted to Le8.919 billion and Le1.602 billion respectively.

* November 2010
Actual expenditure for the month under review was Le46.541billion (8.59% of the total wage bill). Actual total workforce was 73,503. The sum of Le0.699 billion was paid to junior staff of the MoHS to address the Health Workers Union’s enhancement demand. During the reported period Le1.276 billion was paid in respect of Government Pensions/End Service benefits and Salary grants (Le5.210 billion).

Government/ Employees’ contributions to Social Security was Le4.169 billion. Military and Foreign Missions contributions (Le1.203 billion) for the month of October 2010 were paid to NASSIT during the reported period.

* December 2010

Expenditure for the month under review was Le51.572 billion (9.53% of the total wage bill). Actual workforce was 73,646. During the review period a one-off payment totalling Le3.494 billion was paid to teachers. Le5.386 billion and Le2.874 billion were incurred in respect of Government Pensions/End of Service benefits and Salary grants respectively. Government/ Employees’ contributions to Social Security was Le3.597 billion.

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