Telco Bends Job Rules to Hire Favored Candidates

The last ad that went out for new executive directors in BH Telecom, one of the most profitable state-owned firms, was voided and reissued to make sure that candidates hand-picked in secret by the ruling political parties had the best shot at the jobs.

Originally, candidates were required to show five years experience in management. That has been a selection criterion at BH Telecom for at least a decade. But the rework job ad asked for just three years experience, reported the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo.

Between the time the first and second ads came out, a new coalition formed between the governing Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and the Alliance for Better Future, SBB. Those executive directors hired through the second ad were either members of those parties or joined them later. Two have less than five years experience managing.

CIN talked to several people who said that management vacancies are tailored to fit people the parties have agreed on.

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