Cabo Verde: Census to count state workers

Cabo Verde plans to carry out a general census of public sector employees and agents in 2022, to have “real and updated information” on the profile of public servants and their “exact number.

For a universe that the government estimates will number over 20,000 Civil Service workers in 2020, the measure is included in the supporting documents to the draft 2022 budget, which is still impacted by the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the archipelago.

Following this study, “a new database will be created that will encompass the civil servants of direct and indirect central administration and other public bodies”.

“Our human resources database is not up to date, but we can talk about a universe of around 15,000 if we only talk about central public administration employees. If we include the employees of institutes, we increase this to 18,000. If we also include those from local government, we can talk about 22,000, 23,000,” Cabo Verde’s Minister for State Modernisation and Public Administration, Edna Oliveira told Lusa.

She added that the database of civil servants is being audited, and there is funding to prepare a new survey: “That is why we are in the process of conducting a census, so we can collect more up-to-date data and feed the new database.

In parallel, around 4,000 workers with precarious ties to the Cabo Verdean state were this year in a position to request integration into the civil service, a process that ran until last October, as provided for in the first Programme for the Regularisation of Precarious Contracts in the Public Administration (PRVPAP) in Cabo Verde.

“In 2022, the programme for the regularisation of precarious workers in the Public Administration will be continued. With the approval of the legal instruments that establish and regulate the terms of regularisation, in 2021, conditions were created so that during 2022 tenders can be launched for the regularisation of ties considered precarious and proceed with the effective integration of staff with precarious ties in the Public Administration in a career regime,” the document states.