Job losses in the States of Guernsey are not where savings should be made, the island's Treasury and Resources minister has said.
In 2008 deputies agreed to cut £31m from government spending from 2015.
Deputy Charles Parkinson said drastically cutting staff numbers was not an option if current service levels were to be maintained.
He said: "To have the first class services, which we enjoy, you do have to employ people to do it."
Deputy Parkinson said: "Despite the best efforts of all the management consultants who have been brought in, there have not been identified huge opportunities for getting rid of staff.
"So I think actually people should be reassured about that."