There has been virtually no change in the overall number of people employed in the Cayman Islands public sector between June 2010 and June 2014, records released last week by government indicated.
In mid-2010, there were approximately 5,887 people employed in central government, associated statutory authorities and government-owned companies.
By the middle of this year, that number was 5,846, a human resources report compiled by the government Portfolio of the Civil Service revealed, showing that the entire public sector staff shrunk by just 41 workers during that period.
The reason for the lack of overall staff reduction during what has often been described as a period of austerity for the government service in the wake of the 2008-2009 global recession, is that certain areas of the public sector have grown, while others shrunk.
According to the civil service human resources report for the government’s 2013/14 budget year, staff numbers at statutory authorities and government companies grew from about 2,200 in January 2010 to 2,275 as of June 30, 2014. Meanwhile, central civil service employment numbers dropped from 3,687 in June 2010 to 3,571 by June 30, 2014.
Looking at it another way, a reduction of 116 employees in the central government service over the past five budget years was partially offset by an increase of 75 employees in the outside authorities.
The vast majority of the reduction in central government staff was among non-Caymanians, the civil service human resources report revealed.
In June 2010, some 1,021 non-Caymanians were employed in the civil service compared to 947 non-Caymanians as of June 2014.
Caymanian employees in June 2010 numbered 2,666, according to the report. While that number fell to 2,624 by June 30, 2014, as of June 30, 2011 there were 2,628 Caymanians employed in central government – meaning the number of Caymanians employed by central government has remained almost static in the past four years.
The statutory authorities and government-owned companies also reported employing a higher percentage of Caymanian workers in 2014, with 78 percent of their employees having Caymanian status. In central government, about 73.5 percent of employees were Caymanian.
The numbers represent an overall increase in Caymanian employees in the central government service, from about 70.6 percent in mid-2009 to the current 73.5 percent.
However, the increase in the number of Caymanians employed in the civil service appears to be due to the overall reduction in non-Caymanian employees rather than a boost in jobs for Caymanians.
From June 2010 to June 2014, civil service records show a decrease of about 42 Caymanian employees in the central government service.