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.