This is because most departments are way understaffed.
Irish Prod: The public sector is seriously overstaffed, underworked and overpaid. People spend half the day on tea breaks, surfing the internet and falsifying their 'flexi' sheets. My source? I used to work there before I joined the real world.
Pastybapp: Me, too. I'm lazy, all right, but I like to do a day's work occasionally. So the Civil Service wasn't for me. Apologies to those in the food and hygiene sectors whom I've been pleasantly surprised by.
The 'public purse' sector is by far our largest employer. The system of checks and balances is so flexible that these large fiscal disparities are accepted and taken for granted. Until effective control methods are in place to monitor this excessive spending, it will continue. This never-ending supply of money seems to be the greatest incentive for those working in the Government sector - and that most definitely includes our politicians. The gravy train continues to travel at break-neck speed.
Maybe if our politicians stopped arguing about flags or who looked at who first, then they maybe will get their finger out and get this country running properly. But until that happens, as Word_Smith said, the gravy-train will continue to speed along at break-neck speed.
No recruitment = overtime. Gravy train? Yep. And the politicians are every bit a part of that.
Honest_Jack: You've got it in one.