Presentation of the Annual Report from the Public Sector Employees Register for 2021

Skopje, March 31st, 2022

Today, the Minister of Information Society and Administration Admirim Aliti presented the annual report from the public sector employees register for 2021.

In respect to this, he stressed out that, as of December 31, 2021, the number of employees in the public sector is 132,088 people, who work in 1,346 institutions.

19.311 of the total number of employees were employed by the Army, the Ministry of Interior, the National Security Agency, the Intelligence Agency and the Financial Police Directorate. For them, the Report does not provide detailed analysis due to legal and security reasons. Detailed processing and presentation of data is performed for the remaining 112,777 employees.

What should be noted, said Minister Aliti, is that the number of employees in state government bodies represents only 13% of the total number of employees in the public sector, ie 15,302 employees out of a total of 132,088 people. The largest number of employees is in education with 33%, followed by health 19%, management with 13%, then employees in public utilities of public enterprises with 9%, child protection and social policy with 7%.

Compared to the same period last year, the number of employees in the public sector has increased by 905.

There is a drop in the number of employees in the state administrative bodies. In 2020, there were 15,945 employees, and in 2021 the number was 15,302, which is a decrease of 643 jobs.

In 2021, the number of employees with university education qualifications has increased. More than half, moreover 52.6% of the public sector employees have at least university education, and 4753 are masters and 2575 are doctors of sciences. Women are represented in larger numbers with 55.3%, compared to men with 44.7%. The average age of employees is 46 years.

In terms of ethnicity, at the level of the entire public sector:  73.57% are Macedonians, 20.35% are Albanians, 1.95% are Turks, 1.19% are Roma, 1.07% are Serbs ,  0.49% are Bosnians, 0.43%Vlachs  and 0.9% have not declared.

The second topic addressed by Minister Aliti was the activities of MISA as coordinator of the IPA 2017 project "Support to the State Reorganization", which anticipates one of the most courageous changes in the administration.

One of the most important results of the project - Integrated Report, which summarizes all the proposals for reorganization and is a roadmap, has already been adopted by the Government. A decision was made for MISA, MAFWE and ME to be pilot ministerial systems and the preparation phase has already been initiated.

Finally, the Minister referred to the draft laws: Law on Top Management Service, Law on Public Sector Employees and the Law on Administrative Servants, a process that is in its final stage. They were published on ENER in order to ensure transparency in the process and involvement of all stakeholders.

These Laws, as he pointed out, will contribute, among other things, to: distinguishing political from professional level, establishing lines of accountability of top managers, promotion of public services, strengthening good governance; recruitment in accordance with the merit based system, simplification of procedures regarding the systematization of jobs and annual plans, as well as additional motivation of employees and a new salary system calculation.