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Staff levels in government drop marginally in August

The number of workers employed by the government dropped 0.3 per cent in August to 48,166 compared to the respective month of 2015 on a reduction of permanent staff, in which their number fell 1 per cent, the statistical service said.

The number of permanent workers in the government dropped an annual 1.3 per cent in August to 37,070, more than offsetting a 3.1 per cent increase of casual workers to 11,096, Cystat said in a statement on its website. The overall number of civil servants and hourly-paid workers dropped 0.5 per cent to 17,196 and 2.4 per cent to 9,052 respectively. The number of workers in education rose 1.2 per cent to 12,243, while the security forces staff rose 0.1 per cent to 9,675.

The implementation of a hire freeze in the public sector allowed Cyprus to reduce the number of government workers by 4,050 since August 2011.

On the other hand, the average number of staff employed by the government from January to August rose 0.3 per cent to 48,043 compared to the respective 2015 figure, Cystat said. The increase was mainly on a 5.6 per cent increase in the average number of casual workers to 11,329 in the first eight months of 2016, compared with the respective period of 2015, more than offsetting the 1.3 per cent drop of permanent government staff to 36,714.

From January to August, the average number of civil servants remained virtually unchanged at 17,211, while that of teachers rose an annual 1.4 per cent to 12,876, Cystat said. The number of workers in the security forces and the hourly-paid staff dropped 0.2 per cent and 0.4 per cent to 9,651 and 8,304 respectively.

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