It may not be seen as a large gain, but the number of Caymanians employed within the government service last year increased to an overall 74 per cent.
That’s up from 73 per cent the year before, according to an annual human resources report compiled by civil service managers. The report was recently completed for the 2010/11 government budget year, which ended on 30 June, 2011.
Gains were made particularly in the area of statutory authorities and government-owned companies where Caymanians made up 75 per cent of the nearly 2,200 people employed. Those authorities now account for 38 per cent of the jobs held within the Cayman Islands public sector.
The central government service employed 3,619 people at the end of the last budget year. When combined with staff numbers from statutory authorities and government-owned companies, some 5,810 people were employed in the public sector as of 30 June.
When compared with government estimates for total employment within the Cayman Islands as of 2010 (the latest figures available), the civil service accounts for about 17 per cent of all jobs held within the country.
Within central government, generally referred to as the civil service, only five departments had fewer than 50 per cent Caymanian employees. Those included 911 Emergency Communications (48 per cent), the Auditor General’s office (16 per cent), the Department of Community Rehabilitation (46 per cent), Governor Duncan Taylor’s office (25 per cent), and the Legal Affairs office (44 per cent).
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported a 51.5 per cent Caymanian employment within its ranks, which includes both police officers and civilian staffers. The department’s numbers last year showed that police officers were split about 48 per cent Caymanian and 52 per cent non-Caymanian.
Within the statutory authorities and government-owned companies, only three agencies reported having fewer than 50 per cent Caymanian staff: The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, the Children and Youth Services Foundation and the University College of the Cayman Islands all fell below the 50 per cent mark.
The largest employer among the statutory authorities – the public hospital system – reported employing 401 Caymanians, roughly 54 per cent of its total staff, and 343 non-Caymanians.
Foreign workers decline
Within the past three years, the overall number of civil servants employed by government has declined and that drop has been mostly recorded within the non-Caymanian worker population.
As of January 2008, there were 1,171 non-Caymanians working within the civil service. As of 30 June, 2011 that number had fallen to 991; a decline of 180 workers.
During the same period, Caymanian employees in the civil service went from 2,672 to 2628 – 44 fewer workers between early 2008 and mid-2011.
Since the Cayman Islands government started splitting off statutory authorities from the central government workforce, the overall number of civil servants has actually grown; going from 3,107 in January 2003 to the present day figure of around 3,600.
Of the non-Caymanian workers still employed within the government service as of June 2011, Jamaicans made up just under half (45 per cent). Jamaican workers represented just more than 12 per cent of the entire civil service.
British nationals made up 18 per cent of the civil service’s non-Caymanian work force and five per cent of the entire central government workforce.
Any other foreign nationality employed within the civil service made up less than 2 per cent of the overall work force as of June 2011.
“The civil service employed people from … five continents of the world in 2010/11,” the civil service noted.