Over 40 per cent of registered employees in the north are third country nationals, ‘labour minister’ Sadik Gardiyanoglu said on Tuesday.

He said that as of August, there are 116,970 people registered as employees in the north.

Of those, 67,306 are ‘TRNC’ citizens, 30,374 – over a quarter – citizens of the Republic of Turkey, and the remaining 19,230 are citizens of other countries.

Referencing the potentially large number of workers being paid cash-in-hand and not officially registered as employees, he said “the important thing is the number of unregistered workers. The important thing is to prevent informal employment.”