Public sector workforce growth stable

The number of public servants here is expected to grow at a rate of 2.5 per cent annually over the next few years.

This is roughly similar to its rate of growth in the past 10 years and lower than Singapore's labour force growth of 4.1 per cent a year over the same period, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a written answer to a question in Parliament on Monday.

The expansion of the public sector workforce is because agencies need additional capacity to implement new strategic programmes, such as in health-care services and security, said Mr Tharman.

The public service had a total of 143,000 staff at the end of last year. This is about 4 per cent of Singapore's labour force.