Pakistan’s vast bureaucracy is chronically understaffed, hindering progress on the government’s ability to serve its citizens.

Analysis of the data provided in Annual statistical bulletin of Establishment Division shows that out of the total sanctioned positions of 444,173, only 380,152 positions have been filled, which is 85.6 percent of the total available positions. This means that in federal bodies of Pakistan one out of seven available positions is vacant.

Worldwide Governance Indicators released by World Bank for Pakistan indicate that there was an average improvement of just 1.41 percent in the governance indicators of Pakistan over the period of last 10 years. Whereas the same indicator improved by 11.03% in Bangladesh, 5.71% in India and 2.45% in Sri Lanka.

Analysis further revealed that almost 2 out of every 3 federal bodies of Pakistan have fewer employees than what they are supposed to have.

It was also revealed in the data analysis that government bodies related to economics and academics has had significant number of vacant positions. Strategic Export Control Unit, Financial Monitoring Unit and National Centre of Excellence in Geology are found to be three government bodies with highest number of vacancies. This shows that jobs related to trade and financial monitoring could not be performed properly by government.

According to World Bank Databank, Rule of Law and Accountability Indicators of Pakistan are facing a negative for last ten years and vacancies in key government organizations can be related to this trend.