(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroon’s incumbent telecom operator Camtel announced it is increasing its staff. The company posted a recruitment ad on its official Facebook page last January 19 saying it is seeking telecom technicians and IT specialists in all ten Cameroonian regions.
The document signed by MD Judith Yah Sunday does not specify the number of people sought, but the recruits are expected to take up their positions on March 1, 2024. They will join the 3,996 employees (an increase of 10.08%) counted within the company in 2022, including 170 direct employees of the Managing Director, as indicated by the Technical Commission for the Rehabilitation of Public and Parapublic Sector Companies (CTR). The latter recently disclosed the results of a government-commissioned organizational diagnostic study, indicating that Camtel is characterized by excess staffing and budget consumption, with a predominant presence of bureaucratic and centralized administrative practices.
In 2022, Camtel generated a revenue of nearly CFA178 billion with its nearly 4,000 employees, meaning that each employee generated an average of CFA44.5 million. Meanwhile, its rival, MTN Cameroon, ended the year with a revenue of nearly CFA257 billion and only 564 employees, resulting in an average contribution of CFA455.6 million per employee. In other words, an MTN Cameroon employee is, on average, more than 10 times more productive than a Camtel employee.
It is noteworthy that Camtel is one of the four public enterprises that Cameroon committed to placing under a performance contract with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the end of 2024. The idea is to enhance the performance of these public enterprises and reduce the subsidies provided by the government.