The Establishment Division in its statistical bulletin about federal government employees and its autonomous bodies for 2016-17, as many as 171,237 posts are currently vacant, almost 18 per cent of the total sanctioned strength of the departments and bodies.
According to a local media report, the total sanctioned strength of about 1.13 million (1,137,843 to be exact) and said that 966,606 employees were working against these posts, showing a shortfall of about 18pc.
The bulletin showed that 488,667 sanctioned posts of autonomous bodies and corporations included 76,544 meant for officers in BS-17 and above and 412,123 staff below grade-17. The total number of vacant posts in these bodies stood at 92,614 including 8,047 officers and 84,567 staff.
Among the 396,053 employees working in autonomous or semi-autonomous bodies too, Punjab has a lion’s share of 221,067 employees, accounting for 55.81pc of the total.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa far exceeds its 11.5pc quota and currently has about 24.55pc share in the posts of federal government and its bodies.
Balochistan continues to have fewer employees than its 6pc quota. The total number of its employees working in autonomous bodies stands at 17,270 which accounts for the only 4.36pc of the federal jobs.
Put together, Balochistan has 40,456 employees working in the federal government and its bodies instead of the 57,996 staff in line with its 6pc quota, showing a shortfall of 17,270.
Sindh too has not been able to secure its full 19pc job quota at the federal level. Sindh’s share should be 183,655 employees but its current strength stands at 166,182, showing a shortfall of 17,473.