Personnel bureau sets 30% target for recruiting women

JIJI

The Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs has drafted a basic policy for hiring and promoting government employees in which it calls for recruiting more women as urged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, officials said.

The basic policy calls for increasing the ratio of female civil servants to 30 percent in fiscal 2015, the officials said Saturday.

The new personnel bureau, set up in late May to break with the custom of ministry-by-ministry personnel management, also calls for promoting a healthy work-life balance.

The government plans to adopt the policy at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The bureau is scheduled to work out its basic policies on total personnel costs and the structural design of the government and the size of its workforce, both in July.

The government established the Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs to allow the prime minister’s office to take control of how senior bureaucrats are appointed.

The bureau also is intended to facilitate the execution of important government policies.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, a close aide to Abe, was named the first chief of the bureau.

The bureau is to draw up a list of candidates for senior positions after carrying out evaluations of some 600 civil servants ranked at division-chief level or higher.

Since this figure is triple the number of bureaucrats conventionally screened by the government, it will not be an easy task promote fair placement and insert the right people into the right jobs.