13. PERSONNEL AND ECONOMY DATA ON THE SLOVAK NUCLEAR REGULATORY AUTORITY
The results achieved by UJD in the area of state supervision upon nuclear safety in 2000 were also backed up by the quality of work resulting from the UJD financial policy and personnel management.
Providing safety and reliability of the operation of nuclear installations in the Slovak Republic by the state supervision could be achieved through the maintenance and improvement of staff qualifications, checking theoretical and practical understanding of the nuclear cycle processes, its technical components and parameters. Moreover, UJD accomplished this through the application of special training of staff - nuclear safety inspectors. In addition to said training, appropriate attention was paid to increase of level of other professional staff by means of active involvement in seminars, conferences and various types of training sessions and courses. In the area of language skills of staff UJD, by means of language courses, created conditions for by UJD for staff language skills development. High professional standards of staff combined with language skills were not only beneficial in inviting our staff to join expert groups to assess nuclear safety in other nuclear countries, but also in bringing about opportunities implying a financial strengthening of UJD from foreign grant and project funds. As of 31 December 2000, a staff of 82 in natural persons were in the employ of UJD, of which 30 women and 52 men. The total share of the employed women accounts for 36.6 %. Of total staff, 44 employees carried out a direct inspection activity of nuclear safety, of which 4 women.
The staff education pattern had a direct impact on the professional level of UJD. As many as 77% of staff are university graduates, 21% received full secondary education, as did 2% secondary vocational education.
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The staff age pattern documents that employees aged 41-50 accounting for 35% of the payroll were the most numerous group, followed by those aged 51-60 with a massive 27% share. This demonstrates that the state supervision performance process was largely ensured by staff wielding long-standing professional experience, i.e. staff aged 41 up to 60 holding a combined share of 62%. The other age brackets were represented as follows: 20 to 30-year olds took up 20% of the staff, as did 31 to 40-year olds 13%, and UJD employed 5% of over-60-year olds. The staff profession pattern was comprised of a 54% category of staff-inspectors, 30% specialists and the remaining 16% made up of other staff.
The position of UJD as a central state administrative authority means also its independent position and action in the process of financial policy and budgeting in relation to the state budget. Funding of the performance of state supervision upon nuclear safety in 2000 was realised from public funds through UJD’s chapter of budget. In addition to this financial resource, funding from assistance funds by the Swiss government under the projects SWISSLOVAK, SWISSUP, Evita and IAEA projects was provided to beef up and complete lacking resources.
The aggregate volume of expense drawn came to 73,222 th. SKK (including extra-budgetary funds). A sum of 69,135 th. SKK was expended toward the UJD current activities, while funds totalling 4,087 th. SKK were drawn to procure capital assets.
Following the deduction of extra-budgetary funds running at 1,219 th. SKK, the actual draw down of public funds amounted to 72,003 th. SKK.
According to the provided financial resource, the draw down in 2000 under the basic type classification spending in th. SKK was as follows:
In the current budgetary expenditure structure, the highest share was held by payments for current transfers to abroad totalling 24,512 th. SKK, i.e. the contribution to the European Reconstruction and Development Bank for the Chernobyl shelter rehabilitation and the contribution to the IAEA Technical Co-operation Fund.
21,207 th. SKK were expended to procure goods and services, of which a sum of 6,450 th. SKK was used to fund solutions of scientific and technological development tasks by business entities. The decision-making process in the performance of the state supervision made it necessary to secure a variety of expert’s opinions and studies for which UJD paid up a sum of 1,068 th. SKK. The other expenditures running at 10,759 th. SKK represent the cost of fare, procurement of goods and services for UJD performance, providing vehicle operation, property maintenance, payments for rented office room and other necessary inputs for UJD activity.
Staff were paid 16,905 th. SKK in employment compensation and a sum of 5,896 th. SKK in related law-mandated insurance by the employer. A new approach to pay compensation of the inspector job applied during 2000 positively influenced the stabilisation of specialists - inspectors. Under the category of capital expenditures, the UJD budgetary means to procure 3,478 th. SKK worth capital assets.
Of capital expenditures the following items were procured:
- IS software 1,355 th. SKK
- purchase of furniture and office equipment 1,511 th. SKK
of which: hardware and computer networks 1,156 th. SKK
- devices and equipment 39 th. SKK
- conversions to office and operational premises 573 th. SKK
The year 2000 allowed in budgetary management terms to assure the set of priorities and tasks in the area state supervision, implied for UJD its staffing completion and material-technical outfitting as well as the creation of conditions for a quality staff working environment. UJD as a central state administrative authority has attained through the quality of work of its staff the status, which is highly positively judged not only within the domestic environment but also foreign mission assessments demonstrate a high professional level and professionalism of the regulatory UJD staff.