State sackings and cramming create an office glut – Cassells

The Wellington Company developer Ian Cassells says government advisers are cramming bureaucrats into less space and creating a glut in the office real estate market.

He accused government advisers of “treating bureaucrats like battery hens”.

This is damaging business confidence, he said.

Latest recommendations from the Treasury to 31 government agencies is to cut the average space for every public servant.

It says gross savings of more than $60 million are possible if agencies pursue a more aggressive target of 13m2 per worker.


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