Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
PARIS

Italy has world's biggest public-sector fat cats

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(By Sandra Cordon)
Paris, November 14 - Senior government managers in
recession-weary Italy were the highest paid among the 34 member
States within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the agency reported Thursday.
Average salaries for senior Italian public-sector managers
were the equivalent of $650,000 - almost three times the OECD
average of $232,000, the Paris-based agency said in a major
report on citizen satisfaction with their governments.
Other findings touched on public trust in government
officials, welfare and education spending, and the use of
government services via the Internet.
Based on 2011 data, the survey found that Italian
public-sector salaries were far ahead of the second-highest paid
in New Zealand, where top public administrators' salaries
averaged $397,000.
In the United Kingdom, the average was $348,000 annually
followed by the United States, where the average salary was
$275,000.
Back in the eurozone, a senior public official in France -
at the same level as that measured in Italy - earned an average
of $260,000 annually, while in Germany the average was $231,000.
The OECD report comes at a time when Italy is struggling to
emerge from its worst recession in 20 years with rising
unemployment, falling living standards and increasing levels of
poverty.
In response to the report, the Italian government said
Thursday that a ceiling was put in place last year to cap the
gross salaries of public executives at 302,937 euros per year,
roughly the equivalent of about $408,000 US.
Meanwhile, the OECD also found that only 28% of Italian
citizens surveyed in 2012 had confidence in their government,
slightly lower than findings from a previous study in 2007 and
well below the average confidence level of 40% across the other
34 OECD member States.
That stands in dramatic contrast to the highest level of
confidence which was reported among citizens of Switzerland,
where 77% expressed confidence in their government, and
Luxembourg at 74%.
The very lowest levels were reported in Greece, with just
13% of citizens surveyed expressing confidence in their
government at a time that country was roiled with fiscal and
economic woes.
Japan and the Czech Republic also showed lower levels of
confidence at 17% than Italians had expressed.
The OECD report found that Italians also had little
confidence in their judicial system, with 38% compared with an
OECD average of 51%; but slightly higher levels of confidence in
police agencies, at 76% among Italians compared with the 72% on
average.
Italians should enjoy good social services as the report
showed that public spending on welfare in 2011 reached almost
50% of national gross domestic product (GDP) compared with a
45.4% average across the OECD's 34 member States.
However, spending on education in Italy was below average,
at 8.5% of GDP compared with an average of 12.5%.
Italy also had one of the worst records for using the
Internet to deal with public administration, lagging almost
every other country.
According to the report, only 19% of Italian citizens used
the Internet to interact with local and national government,
against an OECD average of 50%.
Only Chile, with 7% access, had a worse record while all
the major European countries were above 40% use, from the UK at
43% to Spain at 45%, Germany at 51% and France at 61%.
Switzerland led the pack with 88% of citizens connecting
online with their governments.

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