The number of employees in the government sector amounted to 5 million in 2016/2017, down from 5.8 million in 2015/2016, a decline of 13%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
In a statement issued on Sunday, the agency said that the local administration registered the highest number of workers in the government sector, where it acquired 56% of all government employees.
The number of male employees registered 3.7 million in 2016/2017, down from 4.6 million in 2015/2016, marking a decrease of 18.7%. Meanwhile, the number of female workers increased slightly from 1.2 million in 2015/2016 to 1.3 million in 2016/2017, up by 9.6%.
CAPMAS stated that the number of workers in economic bodies reached 341,000 in 2016/2017, down from 342,000 in 2015/2016, a decline of 0.3%.
Moreover, CAPMAS noted that the transport and communications sector recorded the highest number of employees, with 151,000 employees, accounting for 44.4% of the total workers in the government sector, followed by health, religious services, and manpower sectors at a total of 79,500 employees, accounting for 23.3% of all government workers.
The number of employees in the administrative system, local administration, and service bodies reached 4.7 million in 2016/2017, down from 5.4 million in 2015/2016, marking a decline of 13.8%.
CAPMAS also said that the education sector recorded the highest number of workers, where the number of employees marked 1.9 million of the total workers in the government sector, followed by health (16.6%) then youth, culture, and religion sectors by 16.2%, then public services by 9.1%.
CAPMAS added that the number of civil servants in the public sector and the public business sector reached 862,900 in January 2017, down from 841,300 in January 2016, registering a decline of 1.7%.
It noted that the number of male employees reached 724,700 in 2017, versus 736,400 in 2016, a decline of 1.6%. The number of female employees was 102,300, down from 104,900 in 2016, with a decline of 2.5%.
The housing and construction sector recorded the highest number of workers, with 220,400, with a drop of 26.6% of the total number of workers in the public sector and public business sector, followed by industry, petroleum, and mineral resources with 24.9%, then was electricity with 15.8%.