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Number of civil servants at nine-year high in 2013

TAIPEI -- Taiwan had more than 340,000 public servants as of the end of 2013, the highest number since 2005, according to government data released yesterday.

The increase of 2,198 civil servants from a year earlier partly reflects new personnel needs after the creation of three special municipalities and the upgrade of a fourth in 2010, according to the Ministry of Civil Service.

Even so, the number of publicly supported employees in Taiwan rose an average of only 0.41 percent annually over the past five years, less than Singapore's 3.92 percent, Australia's 1.62 percent and Hong Kong's 0.77 percent, ministry data showed.

For comparison, the number of public servants decreased over the same period in the United States and Japan, the ministry said, without giving specific numbers.

While men still made up a majority of the public workforce in Taiwan last year at 59.48 percent of 346,059 workers, the proportion of female workers has risen by 4.33 percentage points over the past decade, ministry data showed.

The average civil servant has 16.63 years of public service under his or her belt, while the average employee at a state-owned enterprise has been working there for 20.55 years.

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