Number of public workers rises 4.3% in 2017


By Stelios Orphanides

The average number of workers employed by the government last year rose 4.3 per cent last year to 50,740 mainly on the hiring of professional soldiers, the statistical service said.

The increase was on a 23 per cent rise in the number of casual workers last year to 12,026, which more than offset a 1.7 per cent drop in the number of permanent workers, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.

The number of those working for the civil service dropped 0.5 per cent in 2017 to 17,203 and included a 1.9 per cent drop of permanent workers to 11,905, Cystat said. The number of workers in education rose 1.9 per cent to 12,874 mainly on a 14 per cent rise of casual workers.

The number of security forces employees rose 21 per cent to 10,135 mainly on a 81 per cent increase in the number of casual staff to 2,735, Cystat said. The increase was part of a government plan to modernise the army by replacing a number of conscripts with professional soldiers.

Lastly, the number of hourly paid workers fell 2.2 per cent last year to 8,419 mainly on a 2.6 per cent decline in the number of permanent staffers, Cystat said.

The average number of public workers fell in 2015 to 48,630, the lowest figure in Cystat’s data series which go as back as to 2009, after peaking at 52,199 in 2010. Their number fell after a general public-sector hire freeze was applied as part of fiscal consolidation measures before and after the recent financial crisis.


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  • Bob Ellis

    All aboard the gravy train, toot, toot…. 10% of the the working population earning almost 33% of the islands total wages paid, with the EU average being 15%! Even more staggering is that the government wage bill is 13% of GDP with a EU average of 6%. This does not even factor in the ridiculous benefits paid.This is what happens when successive governmenst blatantly buy votes with taxpayers money.

    • Plasma Dawn

      Perhaps your statistics are true but you are forgetting that Cyprus is a tiny country with a population smaller than many European cities. As such, all those costs you enumerated tend to be higher and they are not a linear function of the population size (i.e. a country with a population ten times as large as Cyprus’s will not necessarily spend ten times as much of its GDP on government wages and such).

      • Bob Ellis

        From the data available, even smaller nations do not have the grany train we have.

  • almostbroke

    Only 4.3% increase and an election to be ‘bought and paid ‘ for !

    • Adele is back x

      By us the tax payers.

  • Bystander

    Apparently there is much more work to do by public sector now.
    Did anyone notice changes at postal services (where you receive international packages)? Now everyone is working, what a brilliant restructuring idea, so it takes almost twice as much time to get your packet. And two A4-size papers are produced for every packet received (even of negligible value).