Civil service census before layoffs

A total of 712,076 people are employed by the Greek state, according to the results of the latest census which were made public Tuesday by Administrative Reform Minister Dimitris Reppas and showed that more than 50,000 workers have left the civil service since 2010.

What remained unclear was whether the 50,060 employees who have left the service since 2010 will be deducted from the target of 150,000 departures by 2015 that Greece has pledged to its creditors.

The results of the census have been recorded on an electronic database at the ministry and will be updated regularly, Reppas told a press conference, but he suggested that an evaluation of civil servants to be launched later this year will not be based exclusively on this information. “The evaluation will not be a cold-blooded assessment based on the information in a file,” Reppas said.

Still the census has provided authorities with valuable information about the caliber and background of those working in the civil service.

The census showed that public workers have a relatively high level of education -- 42 percent are college graduates, 10 percent have a postgraduate or master’s degree, while 28 percent are high school graduates.

A total of 49,698 civil servants, or seven in every 100 employees, are managers.

The overwhelming majority of employees -- 82 percent or 580,754 workers -- have permanent status, with 43,536 on fixed-term contracts and 1,336 paid by the hour. Elected employees such as mayors and municipal officials number 9,680 while appointed workers, chiefly assistants in ministers’ offices, number 1,128.

The majority of civil servants -- 577,067 people -- work in ministries and state organizations, with 125,685 employed at municipal authorities and 7,404 working in regional offices.

Most civil servants (65 percent) are aged between 30 and 50 while just over half (54 percent) are men.

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