Staff Numbers

The number of permanent staff in the Public Service increased over the year to 30 June 2004 at a higher rate than in previous years. Table 1 below shows that the total number of public servants has increased by 10% over the past year. Permanent (open-term) staff increased by around 1,900 employees (6%) once changes to the scope of the survey 2 were taken into account. This was around twice the rate of increase during the 2002/03 year. 31 departments increased in their number of permanent staff, while four departments decreased in size (see Appendix 1).

Table 1: Public Service Employment 2003 - 2004

             
 

Open-term

Fixed-Term

Total

FTE

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

2004

33,131

34,477

2,514

3,388

35,645

37,865

2003

31,107

32,200

2,012

2,245

33,118

34,445

% change

7

7

25

51

8

10

Employment in the State sector as a whole has increased by 3%, in line with the overall growth in jobs in the labour market 3 .

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