How big is the Greek public sector, really?


Employment in General Government as a Percentage of the Labour Force (2000 and 2008)

In the media you always read about the Greek “bloated and corrupt” public sector full of useless slags.  Now I have been unable to find actual data that can back up this claim. OECD data (picture above) indicate on the contrary that the Greek public sector is actually much smaller than elsewhere.

1) Are the numbers wrong? 2) Latest reported year is 2008. Have PASOK engaged in a recruitment orgy when they came to power? 3) Do comfortable stereotypes replace actual facts? 4) Other ideas?

One thought on “How big is the Greek public sector, really?

  1. George

    My friend, the greek public sector has never been big or bloated. This is a blatant lie.

    The UK for instance has 6 million public workers, one in every 10 british is a public employee!

    Greece has now an even drastically reduced number of PW (30% less).

    There were 770.000 PW in 2010 (in a country of almost 12 million) and now there are only 560.000. Consider also that greece is a relatively big country with the exact size of England and not a tiny round country like belgium. There are so many remote communities (2000 inhabited islands or mountain villages) where the greek state must be represented too.


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