By Stelios Orphanides
The number of persons employed by the general government rose an annual 4 per cent in the second quarter of the year to 61,089, the statistical service said.
The number of persons working for the central government rose in April to June 4.4 per cent compared to the respective period of 2016 to 56,843, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The latter was broken down to 51,154 working for the government, which includes the civil service, the police and other security forces, public schools and hourly paid workers, and 5,689 working for non-profit organisations, whose number rose an annual 5.1 per cent in the second quarter, Cystat said. Non-profit organisations, which saw the number of their workers drop 2.1 per cent, include the state universities, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, state broadcaster CyBC, the Cyprus News Agency and other state funded corporations.
The number of workers at municipal authorities dropped marginally in the second quarter to 4,246 compared to a year before, Cystat said.
The number of workers at government controlled enterprises, including the state-telecom Cyta, power producer Electricity Authority of Cyprus, sewerage and water boards, the Cyprus Stock Exchange, the Central Bank of Cyprus and the Cyprus Ports Authority, saw the number of their workers fall in the second quarter 1.8 per cent to 5,899, Cystat said.
The overall number of persons working for the government rose in the second quarter of the year 3.5 per cent to 66,988 compared to the respective three-month period of 2016, Cystat said.
The increase of employment levels the government following the re-introduction of a general hire freeze this year that expired with the completion of the cash-for-reforms programme agreed with international creditors in March 2016, is mainly on the increase in the number of professional soldiers.