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Social insurer to halve staff by 2016

THE NUMBER of employees working at Slovakia’s social insurance provider, Sociálna Poisťovňa (SP), will be reduced from last year's 5,863 to 3,000 by 2016, based on a newly released strategic plan.

THE NUMBER of employees working at Slovakia’s social insurance provider, Sociálna Poisťovňa (SP), will be reduced from last year's 5,863 to 3,000 by 2016, based on a newly released strategic plan.

“The number of employees will be influenced by internal measures aimed at raising the efficiency of SP’s operation, with the biggest effect in 2011 and 2012,” the SITA newswire wrote, quoting from the document.

The number of employees to be cut in 2012 and 2013 are related to the transfer of collection of current insurance premiums and past due payments to newly created financial offices under an initiative undertaken by the Finance Ministry.

Sociálna Poisťovňa is expected to lay off about 600 employees in 2011.

“We expect to spend €2 million on the layoffs while the annual savings will reach €8 million,” said SP General Director Ľuboš Lopatka about the layoff plan, as quoted by SITA.

Expenditures by the SP administrative fund are to fall from €128.3 million in 2010 to about €80.9 million in 2016.

In 2013, Sociálna Poisťovňa forecasts one-off expenditures that relate to the transfer of premium collection functions to the new state financial offices.


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