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Government employment up by an annual 1.6% in November

Total government employment increased by 867 persons or 1.6% in November, compared with the respective period of last year, driven by casual hirings.

According to data published by CySTAT, total employment reached 54,404 persons, of which 24,792 were permanent staff and 22,800, while hourly paid workers amounted to 6,812.

Permanent staff decreased by 722 persons or by 2.8%, from 25,514 in November 2022 to 24,792 persons.

Casual staff rose by 3,174 persons or by an annual 16.2% to 22,800 persons compared to 19,626 persons in November 2022.

The annual rise was mainly driven by increase of the Educational Service casual staff, due to the abolition of the purchase of services regime in the supporting programs of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth as from the school year 2023-2024, Cystat added.

Hourly workers declined by 18.9%, a reduction driven mainly by the transfer of Hourly Paid Workers from the Ministry of Health to the State Health Services Organisation, which is included in the Broad Public Sector, as of January 2023.

(Source: CNA)

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