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Nearly 130,000 people employed in Macedonia’s public sector

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A total of 129,653 people are employed in the public sector in Macedonia, shows the 2016 annual report of the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, stemming from the registry of employees in the public sector.

The report includes an analysis of the structure of data of 110,311 public sector workers. Of those, 59,111 are women with 51,200 being men. On the average, they are 45.4 years old. The document, however, doesn’t offer data structure for 19,342 people employed in the Macedonian Army (ARM), the Interior Ministry (MoI), and the Intelligence Agency due to data sensitivity.

Minister of Information Society and Administration Marta Arsovska-Tomovska said the report offered a serious analysis of the scope and structure of public sector workers according to gender, age, education and ethnic structure, as well as an analysis of the state’s organization with a classification of state-established institutions.

“The way the report is presented offers an insight into current developments and trends in the public sector compared to last year’s data. By preparing the report, stemming from the registry of employees, our goal was to gather data in one single document, both for the state and for the institutions, which will further serve to plan human resources, draft the coming strategy for public administration reform for 2017-2022. The report also provides a transparent way through which the Ministry wants to share these data with the public so as to bring an end to any speculation in the future about the number of civil servants and the structure of the public sector,” said Arsovska-Tomovska.

University professor Borce Davitkovski, one of the experts engaged to prepare the report, said it was an ideal and unique document and one of the first ones in the region that was offering a structural and organizational presentation of the public sector in Macedonia.

“The document also gives an insight into trends how the administration is developing. The number of workers in the Army, education and health sector is growing. As regards classic civil servants in the ministries, the number is unfortunately decreasing. If state administration is compared with the remaining posts in the public sector and private sector, it is evident that in the state administration there is a lack of professionals, whereas the public sector is overwhelmed. Another trend that needs to be examined is the rise in ‘framework’ employments – from 10% to close to 20%. Also, our administration is ‘aging’,” noted Davitkovski.

According to him, the number set by the employees’ register does not include the number of public office holders and the staff in state-owned joint stock companies, which which the overall number of workers in the public sector could rise up to 145,000 people.

“Over 50% of the state budget is planned for public sector salaries. The report should be considered a foundation to reform the public sector according to its needs, including lay-offs or reassignment of employees to other positions,” the professor noted adding that a political will was the prerequisite for reforms in the public administration.

The Ministry of Information Society and Administration is bound by law to prepare a single register of all employees in the institutions of the public sector. This is the second annual report of the Ministry.