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Number of Public Employees Rises 1.9% in 2010

public sector grows cyprusThe number of people employed in the public sector rose year/year by 1345 persons to 70,429 in 2010, despite the government's promise to cut spending, according to the latest estimates by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT).

A year ago, Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis promised to cut the number of public servants by 600 persons. And to implement more cuts in spending on overtime, conferences, exhibitions and expenses.

But the latest figures clearly show that this has not been done. The number of public employees has risen steadily throughout the latest economic crisis. Starting in 2008, there were 67,300 people employed by the state. In 2009 there were 69,084 and in 2010 there were 70,429.

Earlier this week, Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides warned the government to curb its spending and make cuts in the civil service by 1000 people a year. If it fails to make substantial reforms in the public sector and in pension schemes, then Cyprus faces more difficulties, including an erosion in confidence from international investors and a negative impact on its fragile economic recovery, he said.

In the years since 1995, the number of public employees rose by 19,306 people - from 51,123 to 70,429.


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