Sicilian monuments close on Sundays due to funding shortfall
Region to rethink workforce03 January, 15:30
The Sicily Region currently spends 67 million euros a year on salaries for cultural heritage staff, amounting to 1,700 people across the island, the newspaper reports. Overtime pay alone comes in at 3.3 million euros. Cultural heritage sites on Sicily came under the spotlight after it emerged that in some cases staffing costs far exceeded revenue from admissions. The problems are widely believed to be exacerbated by poor distribution of human resources, with some sites overstaffed and others with insufficient numbers to keep them open. The Sicilian regional authorities have announced plans to 'rationalise' the workforce in the sector.