Number of civil servants falls 18 pct in crisis

Number of civil servants falls 18 pct in crisis

The number of regular personnel serving in Greece’s public administration fell by 18.1 percent between 2009 and the end of last year, according to analysis carried out by the Administrative Reform Ministry.

At the end of 2015, the government employed 566,913 people compared to 692,907 in 2009, when the crisis broke out.

The most departures over the last few years took place in 2013, when 32,072 people left the civil service. The majority of departures were due to state employees retiring.

The year with the highest number of hirings since the start of the crisis was 2014, when 5,349 people joined the public service. Most new personnel were under the age of 25.

Some 40 percent of civil servants have university degrees.

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