Government employees’ number drops lowest level since 2008

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By Stelios Orphanides

The number of people employed directly or indirectly by the government fell in the last quarter of 2014 2.9 per cent to 65,670, the statistical service said.

In 2014, the average number of persons working for the government, local authorities, governmental non-profit organisations as well as government controlled companies, fell 3.4 per cent to 65,595 compared to 2013, Cystat said on its website today. The number was the lowest since 2008.

The government imposed a general hiring freeze as part of the fiscal consolidation measures agreed with international creditors.

The number of employees at the general government fell in 2014 to 58.317, which was 2.6 per cent below the year before, Cystat said. The number of government employees fell an annual 2.3 per cent to 53,958 last year while those of non-profit organisations fell 2 per cent to 5,650.

Local authorities saw the number of their staffers fall 6.1 per cent last year to 4,359 compared to 2013, Cystat said. The number of employees at government controlled companies fell 9.1 per cent to 7,278.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • Spanner Works

    More!!!!!!!!

  • Barry White

    Does the Cystat group have a difficulty with numbers or is there another explanation that numbers in Government rose but stated to be a percentage decrease ??

    “The number of people employed directly or indirectly by the government fell in the last quarter of 2014 2.9 per cent to 65,670, the statistical service said.

    In 2014, the average number of persons working for the government, local authorities, governmental non-profit organisations as well as government controlled companies, fell 3.4 per cent to 65,595

    • GSP

      They wrote the ‘good news’ article then filled in the numbers. Nobody bothered to check that the numbers didn’t add up.

  • George Gee

    let us know when it drops to 1963 levels

  • disqus_ZPlOdQqScB

    Still a ludicrous number number for this place-many, many more needed to go soonest.

  • Bourne

    The gravy train has reached the end of the line for so many!!

    • peemdubya

      But no doubt those 65,670 have got a return ticket

  • Brian Whiffen

    It still hasn’t fallen anywhere near enough, nepotisum still rules

  • JSReturnsAgain

    Lets do the numbers – island of 900k Cypriots of which on a good day 400k of working age and 26k unemployed. Giving a ‘working population’ of 374k. So 18% of the populaton are employed by the government. European average 8%.

    CM rather than be PR for the government and publish their figures it might be worth adding some comparable data and have an opinion on the news. This could have been a great story that shows once again that Cyprus is once again at the top of the list in yet another bad statistic. With a little more work you could go the extra step and report that whilst 10% higher employment the cost of the service, bearing in mind we have some of the best paid and benefited government employees in the world, is properly 20% or more greater than the European average. Maybe a tale from the coffeeshop on investigative article would be appropriate. Give the people news and opinion.

    • Cyprustaxpayer

      excellent comment

  • Khandos

    In 1980 the figure was 24000. Has the population of Cyprus increased almost 3 fold over the same period?…. I think not 🙁