A report from the Central Statistics Office reveals a top heavy employment scenario - 1 in 3 employees work for the government. 1 in 5 are civil servants in central government department :
Formal Sector Employment, 2009
The 2009 Employment and Earnings Inquiry Report reveals that the estimated number of workers in the formal sector increased slightly between first and second quarter 2009. In the first quarter, the number of workers was estimated at 659,582 while in the second quarter, the number of workers increased by 1.8 percent to 671,246. The increase in the overall number of workers is largely attributed to the Financial and Insurance activities and Construction industry, which registered growths of 21 percent and 20.8 percent, respectively.
During the first quarter, the Community, social and personal services industry had the highest proportion share of workers with 43.4 percent while the Construction industry had the lowest proportion of workers with 1.6 percent. In the second quarter, the pattern was similar to that of the first quarter except for Electricity, gas and water that had the lowest proportion of workers (1.8 percent).
Analysis by institutional sector reveals that majority of workers in the formal sector are in the private sector, represented by 65.4 percent in the first quarter and 65.9 percent in the second quarter.
Furthermore, Central Government was the second largest institutional sector employing formal sector workers represented by 20.9 and 20.7 percent in the first and second quarter, respectively. The institutional sector with the lowest proportion of workers, represented 4.5 percent in the first quarter and 4.4 percent in the second quarter, was Local Government.
The private sector registered an increase of 2.5 percent from 431,457 in first quarter to 442,378 in the second quarter while Central Government increased by 0.8 percent from 138,092 workers to 139, 234 during the same period. The increase in the Central Government was as a result of recruitments in the Health and Educational sectors.