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Number of civil servants hits eight-year high: gov't statistics

TAIPEI--The number of civil servants in Taiwan had hit an eight-year high as of the end of 2012, according to government statistics released yesterday.

By the end of last year, there were 343,861 civil servants, the highest number since 2005, said the Ministry of Civil Service under the Examination Yuan.

The size of the government workforce increased slightly in 2012 from a year earlier, with an addition of 538 people, the ministry said, adding that the effects of an ongoing government restructuring plan will be observed after the program is completed.

The ministry said that over the past decade, organizational changes — such as privatization of public enterprises and government restructuring — in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan have helped reduce the number of government jobs by 13.38 percent, 9.14 percent and 21.14 percent, respectively.

Temporary and "dispatch" workers hired by government agencies in Taiwan totaled 90,072 in 2012, according to the statistics.

The government's personnel costs reached NT$1.18 trillion (US$39.99 billion) in 2011, including NT$137 billion for military personnel, the statistics show.

Meanwhile, the number of male government employees, totaling 206,784, accounted for 60.14 percent of the entire government workforce in 2012, the ministry said.

Female midlevel civil servants accounted for 50.07 percent of all midlevel government employees, outnumbering men for the first time.

However, women still made up the minority among senior civil servants, accounting for only 27.17 percent.

There were 6,707 indigenous people holding government positions, accounting for 1.95 percent of the total, while individuals with disabilities had 1.87 percent of the government jobs.

In all, the average age of Taiwan civil servants was 43.39 years, 0.1 years younger than in 2011 and the first time the average age of government workers had dropped.

In terms of education levels, more than 85 percent of the country's civil servants held a bachelors degree or above.

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