I don't believe the book is centered around the fiscal motivation in purging unnecessary payroll. The description of the book reads..Depends... If your job is to feed the horses, but for any reason there are no longer any horses (they all died or were sold), no one is doing that task and no one's job is made harder... In fact the guy whose job was to clean horse manure, also now has nothing to do... As does the guy who was supposed to look after the horses health... And all 3 of you might have a vested interest in continuing to pretend there are horses around (the pay is good, the hours are good, there is no pressure and your house is nearby).... While your manager, who gets paid based on his headcount or perhaps on the number of tasks under his supervision has no interest in firing you, cause then his compensation would decrease.....
This is obviously a simplified image.... In real life its more complex, but there are plenty of similar examples... which is why cost reduction exercises carried out in companies often result in 20% or more savings... at least half of which are elimination of unneeded positions.
"From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.
Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.
There are millions of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.
Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation"
Does that sound like a description that is going to give you an analysis of unnecessary payroll in the workplace? I believe that is what your argument is insinuating. Jobs that were once necessary become unnecessary. I don't think anyone would disagree with that. That isn't the discussion the author is trying to bring forth though.