The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 13 July 2017 released the Government at a Glance 2017 report. The report presents an index of countries that trust their governments the most. With 73 per cent India is ranked firmly at the top, followed by Canada in second position as Justin Trudeau’s government earned the confidence of 62 per cent of its people. The other three players in the top 5 are Turkey, Russia and Germany.
1.The report finds that government spending averaged 40.9 per cent of GDP in OECD countries in 2015, up from 38.8 per cent in 2007.
2.The number of government jobs as a share of total employment remained at 18.1 per cent in 2015, in comparison to 17.9 per cent in 2007.
3.Government spending as a share of GDP is highest in France with 56.5 per cent in 2016 followed by Finland (56.1 per cent) and Denmark (53.6 per cent).
4.Government spending was lowest in 2015 in Mexico (24.5 per cent), Ireland (29.5 per cent) and Korea (32.4 per cent).
5.The report also analysed the pay in central government offices. According to its survey, the pay difference between top and middle managers is the highest in Australia, Chile, Canada and the UK.
6.Denmark, Norway and Sweden have the highest levels of government employment, at nearly 30 per cent of total employment.
7.Asian countries rely less on public sector staff with government jobs making up only 6 per cent of employment in Japan and 7.6 per cent in Korea.
8.The most decentralized OECD countries are Switzerland, with over 90 per cent of government staff working at the sub-central level, followed by Canada and Japan.