Number of government workers up 1.5% in April


By Stelios Orphanides

The number of persons employed by the government rose an annual 1.5 per cent to 51,976 or by 773, in April, two years after Cyprus completed its cash-for-reforms programme which included a hiring freeze, the statistical service said.

The increase in the number of government employed workers was on a 9.5 per cent annual rise in the number of casual workers to 16,491 at the expense of permanent staffers whose number dropped 1.8 per cent to 35,485, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.

The number of workers in the public administration fell 0.2 per cent in April to 17,098 compared to a year before, Cystat said. The number of staff employed by security forces rose 4.5 per cent to 12,764. The number of employees in public education rose 1.2 per cent to 13,520.

Lastly, the number of hourly paid staff rose 1.2 per cent to 8,594, Cystat said.

The above figures concern persons who got paid for working in April regardless of the duration of their employment.


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  • almostbroke

    If the Trioka say one thing like reduce the number of civil servants , in typical Cypriot fashion the government increases the number of public servants , all a vote catching exercise !

  • Eye on Cyprus

    Should this not read more accurately: “Number of government salary recipients up 1.5% in April.”?

  • Bunny

    Per capita, Cyprus must have the highest number of civil servants in Europe. Switzerland has half as many with ten times the population!

  • Bob Ellis

    Whilst everything else in Cyprus continues to wither or die this is one figure we can all guarentee will contue to rise. How long until public workers (or people hoping to get a sacred seat on the gravy train) exceed taxpayers and the elections are forgone conclusions ? poor, deluded fools.

  • costaskarseras

    When you have to visit the hospital remember that doctor, nurses, receptionists, cleaners and other support workers who help to run the hospital to look after our health are public employees.

    Remember that the police officers, firemen, army personnel, teachers, customs officers, refuse collectors, street cleaners are also public employees. Many other public employees are manning positions in order for a modern state to function normally.

    I wish to take this opportunity to thank these public employees who often work Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays, Christmas and Easter for their dedicated contribution to make our lives more comfortable.

  • Colin Evans

    I wonder how many of these additional people are working in the Alien Department. The one in Paphos is busting at the seams with all the applicants. Last week when my wife and I went to apply for our permanent residence the young lady that dealt with us was absolutely first class. Not only that I asked her some questions about a friend of ours that was going the next day. She answered every point, very helpfully. As a result all 4 of us sailed through and we are now just waiting for our cards.

  • Douglas

    Cyprus has 49;400 civil servants for less than a million people,is there no wonder that University students when surveyed what was their first choice of work on graduating it was Civil Service second choice was working abroad 🙂