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Sri Lanka’s public sector expanded 39-pct during past decade

Feb 21, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s public sector, excluding the semi government sector and three forces, expanded 39 percent in the last ten years, a census conducted by the statistics office showed. Preliminary results of the census show that by last year Sri Lanka’s public sector alone had a workforce of 874,395 which is an increase of 247,403 employees from 2006. Public sector includes employees who are currently employed in government agencies coming under the central government and provincial councils. Both public and semi government sector showed 31 percent increase in employees from a decade ago. According to findings, the total number of employees in the public and semi government sector by end 2016 is 1,117,808, excluding the staff of three forces, and 55 percent are males and 45 percent are females. Employees of the subsidiaries of semi government institutions are not included in this census. 2016-census The census reveals that out of all public and semi government employees more than 95 percent hold permanent positions. Almost 80 percent of total employees are employed in permanent and pensionable occupations while 16 percent of the employees are employed in non-pensionable permanent occupations and contribute to a provident fund. Preliminary results reveal that more than 60 percent of employees are at least Advance Level qualified while only 19 percent holds a degree. Only about seven percent of employees have any post graduate qualification. At least one in every four of the semi government sector employees have not passed G.C.E. (Ordinary Level). However, the semi government sector reported the highest number of doctoral degrees. Out of all public and semi government sector employees, about 63 percent are capable of performing some activity using a computer and around 52 percent of employees use internet. The census results also show that the 7.6 percent of employees are over 56 years while 15 percent and 77.4 percent of employees are in the age groups of 18-29 years and 30-55 years respectively. The census conducted on 17 November 2016 is the eighth in a series of censuses conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics. The first scientific Census on Public and Semi Government sector employment was carried out in 1980 in order to cater to the need of data on the ever growing Public and Semi Government sector. Subsequent to that, censuses were carried out in 1985, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2016. Before 1980, Ministry of Public Administration was instrumental in conducting censuses in 1968, 1972 and 1976. The report can be viewed here
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