Number of civil servants grew by 3%. It is the biggest increase in almost a decade

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Rodrigo Antunes / Lusa

In the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, there are over 21 thousand civil servants. It is the biggest increase in nine years, reaching a total of 725,775 workers.

The number of civil servants increased 3% in the 1st quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2020. This is the largest year-on-year increase since December 2011. This corresponds to a increase of 21,345 civil servants for March 31, 2020.

Data from the Directorate-General for Administration and Employment (DGAEP), cited by Dinheiro Vivo, reveal that at the end of March this year there were almost 726 thousand civil servants, approaching pre-troika values.

“On March 31, 2021, employment in the general government sector stood at 725 775 jobs, an increase of 6828 jobs, compared to December 31, 2020”, reads the report.

The increase in the number of civil servants was mainly due to the entry of 7,892 health professionals health. On education, the entry of 5,917 professionals in primary and secondary schools was also essential.

More precisely, the increase was due to operational assistants (+2,868), nurses (+2,695), doctors (+843) and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians (+676). In education, it was due to early childhood educators and teachers of basic and secondary education (+3,473), as well as to operational assistants (+1,785).

A further 17,614 jobs were created in the central administration, an increase of 3.3%, and a further 3.044 in local administration, an increase of 2.5%.

According to data from DGAEP, writes Jornal de Notícias, the average monthly gain of the civil service was € 1,798.20, at the end of March, 1.7% more than a year ago.

Daniel Costa Daniel Costa, ZAP //