Over 65,000 Govt Jobs Have Been Vacant for Years

Around 65,000 job openings within the government are lying vacant across Pakistan. These posts range from grade 1 to grade 22 and have been empty for the last few years.

According to the documents shared by the Establishment Division, 520,382 posts were sanctioned with 454,517 filled in FY 2015-2016. The other 65,865 jobs were left vacant.

The documents contain data about civil servants, gazette and non-gazette employees, women, and non-Muslims working for the federal government, the ministries’ divisions and their associated departments.

Job Openings By Grades

Categorizing the vacancies by their grades, 57,743 jobs were available for Grade 1-16 with:

  • 7,000 openings for Grade 16
  • 5,000 for Grade 14
  • 4,000 for Grade 11
  • 5,000 for Grade 7
  • 10,000 for Grade 1

Around 8,122 posts were available from Grade 17-22 with:

  • 5,000 jobs for Grade 17
  • 1,997 for Grade 18
  • 305 for Grade 20
  • 45 for Grade 21
  • 19 for Grade 22

An official from the Establishment Division justified the job openings saying,

The posts are vacant for several reasons including recently retired employees, court cases, and non-availability of professionals against those seats.

The number of federal government employees also increased by 17.28% between FY 2006-2007 to FY 2015-2016, up from 375,932 to 454,517.

Women Employed by the Govt

A total of 23,298 women in Grades 1-22 are employed by the government with 6,014 employed within Grades 17-22. 11 women are employed at Grade 22 with:

  • One employed in Islamabad
  • 8 in Punjab
  • 1 in Sindh
  • 1 in KPK

No women were employed from Balochistan, FATA and G-B.

From Grade 1-16, 5,295 women are employed. Breaking down the numbers:

  • 3,869 from Punjab
  • 178 from Islamabad
  • 1,248 from KPK and Sindh

Religious Minorities

Around 11,470 government employees hail from different religious minorities. 11,221 are working at Grades 1-16 and 249 from Grade 17-22.

These include: Christians, Ahmadis, Hindus, Sikhs and other minorities.

Back in FY 2012-2013, 10,388 religious minorities were employed by the government with:

  • 9,320 Christians
  • 222 Ahmadis
  • 719 Hindus
  • 104 non-caste Hindus
  • 7 Sikhs
  • 16 from other religions

The problem of vacant job openings has been a point of serious concern for the Federal and Provincial governments, especially Balochistan and FATA.

Even now, there are 3,431 posts ripe for the taking in Balochistan’s government offices under Aghaz-e-Huqooq Balochistan.

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