New Brunswick’s public service was cut by 584 positions in the last year, according to the latest statistics released by the provincial government.
Human Resources Minister Robert Trevors released the annual workforce profile in the legislature on Friday that documented the reductions in the three sections of the public service.
“Our government has a three-year plan to reduce the size of the public service, and we are on track to realize $86 million in savings by 2014-2015,” Trevors told the legislature.
In 2012, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs committed to a three-year plan for reducing the civil service to battle the deficit. Higgs estimated 1,500 civil servants would retire annually and the provincial government expected to rehire two of every three people who left.
The workforce profile offered an update on the government's success in eliminating public sector jobs.
At the end of 2013, there were 9,202 civil servants in Part 1, which covers employees in government departments, 16,833 in Part 2, which covers the school system, and 19,532 in Part 3, which covers the health sector.
While the sections of the civil service that cover government departments and the health sector shrank, there was an increase in the school system.
Trevors said the Progressive Conservative government has cut the public service by 1,845 positions compared to the 1,998 positions that were added by the former Liberal government between 2006 and 2009.
Of the 45,567 total government employees in 2013, 38,511 held permanent positions and 7,056 were in temporary jobs.
The workforce profile also broke down the employees by gender. Women held 33,393 public sector jobs followed by 12,174 males, according to the report.
While the number of men and women in Part 1 of the civil service are roughly equal, there are far more women in the health and education parts of the civil service.