They deemed the ratio, those numbers, as irrelevant, because it all depends on, well.., something else. Of course, numbers might not give you complete answers, the wrong numbers can be disastrous too. But it does have some useful information.
a. The Ministry of Finance has surplus of incompetent officers but at the same time lacks of badly needed officers, such as tax inspectors.
b. The Ministry of Finance has surplus of six thousands incompetent officers but at the same time lacks of eleven thousands more badly-needed officers, such as tax inspectors.
Which one is more useful information? Alas, even the so called experts are too
The first step to public reform, of course, to know how many people we need to hire --and scrap out--, given the needs in hand.