Purpose: The article presents the results of the analysis of the employment and salary policy in Polish public administration in the period of 2002-2011 in terms of public administration management in times of the financial crisis and the competitiveness of employment in government administration. The authors of the article examine the effectiveness of the subsequent government efforts to institute “a cheap state”. They have assumed that in the
examined period the effectiveness of government administration did not change considerably.
Originality: The presented analysis covers such issues as: identifying the determinants of changes in salary and employment rates in government administration; an analysis of the relevant major legal institutions; a study of the main changes in the salary and employment policy in government administration; an analysis of the employment nd remuneration budget in public administration; an assessment of the changes in the effectiveness of the
functioning of government administration.
Methodology: In their studies the authors conduct inductive and deductive reasoning by means of the following research techniques: an analysis of legal acts, strategic government documents and reports of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK); a statistical dynamics and structure analysis; a comparative analysis and a one-dimensional analysis of public expenditure efficiency.