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.