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Civil servant numbers rise in Q1 by 146 to 63,555, Cystat says

The number of people employed directly or indirectly by the government was on average 63,555 in the first quarter of the year, 146 higher compared to the respective quarter of 2015, which was the lowest since the financial crisis, the statistical service said.

The number of workers employed in the wider public sector in the first three months of the year rose as a result of 230 more employees working in the civil service, including elementary and secondary education and security forces, and 149 more employees at non-for profit organisations, such as state universities, and other government sponsored organisations such as the Cyprus Tourism Organisation or state-broadcaster CyBC, to 47,324 and 5,979 respectively, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.

The overall number of workers in local administrations dropped by 54, to 4,269, while the number of workers in government controlled companies, including the state-telecom Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and power producer Electricity Authority of Cyprus, fell by 179, to 5,983, Cystat said.

The number of workers employed directly or indirectly by the government peaked at 72,330 in the second quarter of 2011.

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