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post Sep 6 2007, 05:05 PM
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The latest quarterly public sector staffing levels have been released and they show an increase in the number of teachers and police officers being employed.

From March 2007 to June 2007, the number of full-time employees (FTEs) across the Western Australian public sector increased by 733 to 105,544, an increase of 0.7 per cent. In the same period, the domestic economy grew by 3.2 per cent.

The increased numbers included an extra 148 teachers, education assistants and school psychologists, as well as an additional 34 Education and Training staff comprising mainly of cleaners.

An extra 60 police officers and 25 trainee firefighters were also employed in the same period.

The Health Department employed an extra 139 staff in the quarter, which included mental health specialists and the filling of vacancies. An extra 111 were employed in the Department of Child Protection and 44 were employed in public transport positions.

Premier Alan Carpenter said that Western Australia’s booming economy continued to place immense demands on Government’s services.

“This is highlighted by the fact that the public sector grew by 0.7 per cent during a period when the domestic economy grew by 3.2 per cent,” Mr Carpenter said.

“Since 2001, the State Government has employed more than 1,400 extra teachers, thousands of extra education assistants, more than 2,000 extra nurses, 370 additional police, and is recruiting a further 300 child protection staff.

“However, despite the increase in public sector numbers, we still face shortages that reflect the massive growth that is occurring in the WA economy, with unemployment levels the lowest in the nation.

“I would rather face the challenges of a powerfully growing economy than the challenge that confronted us when Labor came into power - a shrinking economy, people losing their jobs and people unable to find jobs.”

Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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