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$400 an hour wasted on unnecessary consultants

Wayne Mapp MP
National Party Industrial Relations Spokesman

25 June 2006

$400 an hour wasted on unnecessary consultants

National's Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp, says the Department of Labour is hosing away $400 an hour on consultants to design a 'gender neutral job evaluation tool' when it has a whole team of people employed to do the job.

Answers supplied to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee show Mercer Human Resources Consulting was paid $64,302 to develop the 'evaluation tool'. Their charge-out rate was $3,000 per day or almost $400 per hour for an eight-hour day.

"But that's not all the cost to the taxpayer for this evaluation tool," says Dr Mapp. "Five other contracts were awarded to help develop the tool, costing another $57,332.

"All this work has produced a single draft 28-page document.

"It's outrageous that this amount of taxpayers' money has been spent on consultants when the Government has a whole Employment Equity Unit in the Department of Labour set up specifically to do this type of work."

The unit was established in 2004 to 'oversee implementation of the Government's five year action plan for pay and employment equity'.

"You would think with that job description, the unit would be perfectly placed to develop such tools - not contracting the work out to consultants," says Dr Mapp.

"This is wasteful and irresponsible use of taxpayers' money.

"It also begs the question what is the department's own unit actually doing if it's palming one of its core responsibilities off to others?"

ENDS

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