Public sector workers rise up 4% in Q1, Cystat says


By Stelios Orphanides

The number of workers in the wider public sector rose 4 per cent to 66,124 in the first three months of the year compared to the respective period of 2016, the statistical service said.

The increase in January to March was mainly on a 5 per cent annual rise in the number of staffers working for the central government to 55,942 compared to the first three-month period of 2016, in which Cyprus completed its adjustment programme during which it applied general hiring freeze, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

The number of workers in the local administration dropped 1.5 per cent to 4,204 in the first three months of 2017 compared to the previous year, while that in government-controlled corporations fell 0.1 per cent to 5,978, Cystat said.


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  • Roof Tile

    What on earth for? The gov have not learned their lesson, have they?

    • Jeremy Rigg

      What on earth for?,……………………why, to buy their votes of course.

    • Eye on Cyprus

      Probably needed to replace the ones who have been promoted.

  • Jonathan Scott

    Workers, that’s a good one.

  • Bunny

    Scandalous! Switzerland has about half that number for 10 times the population.