The Vatican has announced an immediate end to new hires, wage-increases and overtime in an effort to cut costs and offset budget shortfalls, reports the Catholic News Service.
Pope Francis, with input from the Vatican's central accounting office, also determined that volunteers could be used to help provide the labour needed to make up for the hiring freeze and eventual attrition.
Then-Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, sent a letter, dated February 13, to the heads of all Vatican offices, institutions and agencies. The Secretary of State's letter said the budget forecast expected a cash shortfall for 2014, prompting the Pope to approve several measures that would apply to all Vatican dicasteries, offices, institutions and bodies; the measures were to start immediately and stay in effect until further notice.
The new measures included:
Banning new hires, both on temporary and permanent contracts, including a freeze on filling current and future vacant posts.
Temporary contracts, including third-party contracts, will not be renewed when their terms are up, unless there is a 'specified' and 'documented' need.
There will be no more raises, promotions or new appointments for existing employees even where posts are available.
FULL STORY Vatican starts hiring freeze, forbids overtime in effort to cut costs (Catholic News Service)