A significant number of the total of 607,516 Greek civil servants, are considered to have either low qualifications or lacking basic knowledge in computers. Almost half of them do not have a university certificate, while those who have postgraduate qualifications or a PhD are a minority. This is something that Greek Administrative Reform Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is trying to change. The agreement with troika is moving in a direction that gives him the opportunity to hire 15,000 civil workers, instead of those that will be suspended by the end of 2014, when the new memorandum is imposed.
The Greek Administrative Reform Minister has already stated on Greek TV channel “SKAI,” that he will focus in hiring qualified staff in the sectors of Health and Finance. “The new recruitment on the public sector will be made with caution. The criteria will be based on central control and planning. Also, the new civil workers must have high qualifications, something that cannot be achieved through the mobility scheme program.”
The majority of the Greek civil servants lack basic computer skills. Approximately 6 out of 10 say they cannot use the computer for word processing, or even browsing on the web. It is astonishing that only 35. 3% of them can send a simple e-mail.
In addition, Greek Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, according to an article published in the Wall street Journal, made clear that he would not tolerate any misdemeanor by any civil servant; he reassured that the unfaithful ones will be penalized in order to avoid mistakes of the past. This article was in response to a relevant news report of the Wall street Journal, which mentioned that there is a delay in penalizing unfaithful civil servants.