Government workers up 1.1% in January


By Stelios Orphanides

The government employed 50,621 workers in January, an annual 1.1 per cent or 555 more than in 2017, the statistical service said.

The increase last month was on an 8 per cent annual increase in the number of casual workers to 14,895 which more than offset a 1.5 per cent drop in the number of permanent workers, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.

The number of civil servants rose 0.2 per cent in January to 17,155 compared to the respective month of 2017, Cystat said. The number of staff in education rose 1.2 per cent to 13,383 while that in the security forces rose 0.8 per cent to 12,535.

The number of hourly paid staffers rose 3.8 per cent last month to 7,548 compared to January 2017, Cystat said.

The number of government workers peaked in 2011 and gradually dropped over the following years on a general hiring freeze which expired after Cyprus completed its economic adjustment programme in 2016. It started rising again in the last months of 2016 when the government hired professional soldiers to offset the impact from the reduction of service time for conscripts.


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  • almostbroke

    The old ‘vote buying ‘ kicks in ! ‘Rusfeti ‘ abounds !

  • Bourne

    50,621 Singenis!

  • Douglas

    When asking University students their choice of work ,number one is Government workers with healthy salaries and generous pensions and the second is working abroad only coming back when retired 🙂

    • cyprus observer

      Little opportunity for Cypriot graduates to work in a real corporate environment where they are taught accountability and responsibility…and where meritocracy is what moves you forward. No wonder they want to work overseas.

      • Mike

        Would this be the same corporate responsibility and accountability displayed by the likes of Carrillion, all the water companies, all the power companies, East Coast train company, Southern Train company, Atos, Capita, G4S, Barclays, RBS and hundreds of others. Please! Why come to a country to call home and then continually criticise all it does. Cyprus is not UK or Germany, Norway or Luxembourg. It is a tiny state, very young in terms of being independent and out of the chains of colonial rule and with serious problems. If it takes as long as it did for Cyprus to reach the position UK and other North European states are now in then it probably has another hundred or so years to put things right – assuming you consider what Northern Europe has achieved is ‘right’. With trillions of personal and corporate debt it is arguably questionable. Just a thought.

        • cyprus observer

          thankfully, i don’t live on Cyprus!

      • Douglas

        I noted given better opportunities abroad many young Cypriots really excel, shame the Country cannot develop to keep them at home with their families,they seem to return on retirement though;)

  • Steve.Kimberley

    How come a country as small as Cyprus need 50,000 government workers??? The UK has around 400,000, but with a population 65 times that of Cyprus!!!

    • Mike

      Who are you trying to fool. UK has around 5½million public servants . It is claimed 25% of the adult working population is employed by the government. I suggest just the largest 3 or 4 UK ministries employ 400000. I take it ‘Fake News’ is alive and kicking.

  • AnalogMind

    Any improvement is a good improvement.

    • cyprus observer

      Lol…an improvement in numbers does not mean an improvement in productivity!! Quite the opposite in la la land. What you should be focussing on is the increase in the value generating private sector…..but no, this is Cyprus.

      • Mike

        Is passing on Billions of pension liability onto the British or German taxpayer and not paying sub-contractors and suppliers whilst creaming off huge sums for personal gain increasing value to an economy. Similarly is basing your corporate headquarters in the British Virgin Islands etc. adding value to a country or economy – I’m clearly missing something. I would agree however that increasing numbers does not increase productivity and we have a long way to go to make our public servants customer focused, approachable, humble and accountable but it takes time and leadership.