Civil ser­vice hir­ing up again, de­spite drop in re­tire­ments

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Pub­lic sec­tor growth gained pace last year as the hir­ing of civil ser­vants in­creased in con­trast to the de­clin­ing num­ber of re­tire­ments, the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion said in its an­nual re­port, the Cyprus News Agency re­ported.

The Com­mis­sion, which is charged with re­view­ing and as­sess­ing hir­ing and pro­mo­tions in the pub­lic ser­vice, said that the pre­vi­ous year saw the open­ing of job po­si­tions that had been frozen since the mora­to­rium im­posed after the 2013 fi­nan­cial cri­sis, grad­u­ally bring­ing the sit­u­a­tion in a cor­rect path as far as the pub­lic sec­tor needs are con­cerned.

Prob­lems had emerged con­cern­ing the pub­lic ser­vice as mostly civil ser­vice di­rec­tors and high-earn­ers opted for early re­tire­ment to avoid a pos­si­ble tax on their lump sum re­tire­ment al­lowance. Fur­ther­more, as part of the fis­cal con­sol­i­da­tion mea­sures, the pub­lic ser­vice would de­cline by 4,000 un­til 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, job po­si­tions re­opened in the pub­lic ser­vice in 2013 and 2014 amounted to just 19 and 126, re­spec­tively, and ac­cel­er­ated to 426 in 2015.

PSC Chair­man Ge­orge Pa­pa­geor­giou, told a press con­fer­ence that po­si­tions un­frozen year to date amounted to 485. The PSC re­port said the Com­mis­sion fo­cused on ac­cel­er­at­ing the rate of hir­ings in man­age­ment and mid­dle-man­age­ment po­si­tions aim­ing to strengthen the op­er­a­tion of the pub­lic ser­vice be­cause due to the hir­ing freeze in com­bi­na­tion with in­creased re­tire­ments of the pre­vi­ous years, the man­age­rial tasks in the pub­lic ser­vice were cov­ered with act­ing di­rec­tors.

Pa­pa­geor­giou also said that re­tire­ments in the pub­lic ser­vice show a de­clin­ing trend. Re­tire­ments in 2011 amounted to 562, 980 in 2012 and peaked at 1,000 in 2013, he added. 2014 saw 408 re­tire­ments, 2015 had 162, whereas 79 re­tire­ments have been recorded in 2016.

Pa­pa­geor­giou also re­ferred to the pro­posed pub­lic ser­vice re­form, not­ing that the re­form in the op­er­a­tion of the PSC would con­sti­tute sig­nif­i­cant tools which would as­sist a more ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise of the Com­mis­sion’s task.

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