July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Public and Semi Government Sector employs over 1.1 million employees and more female employees are professionally qualified than their male counterparts, report of a recent survey conducted by the Census and Statistics department reveals.
According to the report of eighth Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment conducted in November 2016, the total number of employees in the Public and Semi Government sector is 1,109,475 working in more than 32,000 institutions while 65 percent of the total work force is employed in central government institutions both public and semi government.
This number excludes the uniformed staff of the three forces, Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force.
Of those employees, 55 percent are males and 45 percent are females. The age distribution shows that almost one third of the public and semi government employees are in the age group of 30-39 years.
More than 57 percent of females are professionally qualified while only 30 percent of males has any professional/vocational qualification.
Some of the findings are:
- More than 95 percent of employees are permanently employed in the public/semi government sector.
- Female employees are more likely to be in permanent and pensionable employment (87%) compared to their male counterparts (73%).
- The majority of employees (35%) were GCE (A/L) qualified.
- One in every four employees has a degree or a higher qualification.
- Of the total 190,000 (17.2%) have not passed the GCE (O/L) examination.
- Out of 290,000 graduates working in the public sector, a majority of 54 percent has a degree in the discipline of Arts.
- Of all employees almost 42 percent had some form of a professional/vocational qualification.
- More than 57 percent of female employees are professionally qualified while only 30 percent of males has any professional/vocational qualification.
- At least 93 percent had an average reading and writing ability in Sinhala while the average ability to read and write Tamil and English is reported as 44 percent and 77 percent respectively.
- At least an average ability to speak Sinhala, Tamil and English were reported to be 92 percent, 39 percent and 68 percent respectively.
- District wise, Colombo district is ranked first with more than 225,000 employees (20.3%) working there followed by Gampaha and Kandy districts with 7.3% in each of these two districts.
- Kilinochchi (0.9%), Mullaitivu (0.8%) and Mannar (0.7%) districts in each have less than one percent of the total public and semi government sector work force.
The full report can be accessed here .