By Stelios Orphanides
The total number of people who worked and got paid by the government fell in December 0.4 per cent to 47,580 compared to a year before which is the lowest since 2009, the year for which the earliest data is available, the statistical service said.
The drop in the number of government workers, the outcome of a general hiring freeze in the public service as part of fiscal consolidation efforts agreed with Cyprus’s international creditors, resulted from a 1.9 per cent drop in the number of permanent employees to 36,871 which more than offset a 5.1 per cent rise in the number of casual workers which rose to 10,709 compared to the respective month of 2015, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The number of workers in all categories excluding teaching personnel fell in December.
The number of civil servants and security forces workers dropped 0.6 per cent to 17,241 and 9,650 in December compared to December 2014, Cystat said. The number of hourly paid personnel fell an annual 1.9 per cent to 7,785. The number of workers in public education rose an annual 0.8 per cent in December to 12,904.
The average number of workers in 2015 was 48,014m which was 0.6 per cent less compared to 2014, Cystat said.