Cyprus Mail

Foreign ministry denies discontent over office sizes 

By Andria Kades

The ministry of foreign affairs is denying reports that a “significant number” of staff wanted larger offices following a Cabinet decision that the size of their offices should correspond with their payscale.

According to daily Politis, foreign ministry has a smaller number of staff compared to other ministries, but with most of them being on the higher end of the payscale, a “significant number” applied for larger offices.

To meet these demands, the ministry would need to undergo several restructures which were not deemed to be financially appropriate.

This led to the minister himself, Ioannis Kasoulides, to suggest to the Cabinet that his ministry be excluded from the decision taken last January, and the ministry would designate offices based on discretion.

In a statement, the ministry denied that a significant number of applicants had wanted larger offices but that “there was a problem with only one employee for whom, in the midst of annual internal transfers, it was deemed necessary for that person to be moved to smaller office area.”

The employee acted accordingly.

Politis, however, said that according to their sources, it was not only highly-paid employees who created a fuss but people on a lower pay scale as well who demanded larger offices than the 12 square-metre ones provided. This was due to their workload and the fact that foreign diplomats visited them frequently, the paper reported.

Department chiefs, assistants of independent officers, deputy and police chiefs, district officers and district courts chairmen can have offices up to 36 square metres plus toilet facilities, the report said.

State staff on an A14 to A15 payscale can have 24 square metres, while A13 employees can have 16 square metres. The fourth category, encompassing the majority of employees allows for 12 square metres for staff on the A8 to A12 payscale.

People between A1 to A7 can have up to eight square metres in open office space.


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