12,500 extra people in the public sector
Vatan Mehmet who wrote the report notes that whilst hopes are rising of a settlement and EU membership, the TRNC public sector is grossly overfilled compared to the GC side and other EU countries. When comparing the figures to the population, there are 12,500 extra public servants.
The report looks at the GC side which had a population of 1 million; their public servants stand at 39,000. The population of the TRNC is 300,000; their public servant numbers are at 19,000. In the event of a settlement, the TRNC has close to 13,000 public servants more than the EU average. The GC side is aiming to bring their figure down to 5,000; whilst the average in the EU is 2.47%, the GC side has 5.3%. The TC side however is much higher than this at 6.6% and its wondered what will happen to these public servants in the event of a settlement.
Economist Okan Veli Safak who spoke to the paper on the matter commented that the public sector in the TRNC was formed on patronage, populism and nepotism which had led to the inflated situation it was in.