Government employees in numbers and government influence on the labor market 2010-2014
The government of a country comprises of a group of people that governs a community or unit. It sets and administers public policy and exercises executive, political and sovereign power through customs, institutions, and laws within the country. The public sector is the part of the economy concerned with providing various government services. The composition of the public sector varies by country, but in most countries the public sector includes such services as the military, police, public transit and care of public roads, public education, along with health care and those working for the government itself, such as elected officials. The public sector provides services that a non-payer cannot be excluded from (such as street lighting), services which benefit all of society rather than just the individual who uses the service.
The government of Curaçao is one of the main employment providers on the island. Its personnel are named civil servants (‘ambtenaren’ in Dutch). According to the Curaçao ordinance of civil service rights ‘Landsverordening Materieel Ambtenarenrecht’ (LMA), the civil servant within the meaning of this act and the regulations issued by virtue of it, is he or she who is appointed by the competent authority or appointed to public service. Besides the civil servants, the government is also responsible for the personnel of public education, the defense, coastguard, and others (e.g. state organizations and clergies). This other personnel information will also be added in this article. The government also exerts its influence on the labor market through public services. To the public services pertains the enterprises (e.g. the postal services, air traffic control, and ports authority to name a few) and institutions in which the Government of Curaçao has the majority of shares, they are run by the appointed public authorities. The government also subsidizes foundations and an institution which is personnel is depended on.
In this article the amount of employees employed by the Government will be assessed, and a brief look will be taken at the other personnel that are part of the workforce that the government is responsible for. An overview will be given for the years 2010 through 2014 as long as the data is available. The data is collected from the financial management reports of the government and also the labor force survey (LFS).