Panama: Expenditure on State Payroll Up 18%

The total amount disbursed by the government in payment of salaries up until October 2017 was $321 million, 18% more than in the same month in 2016.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

According to a report by the Comptroller General of the Republic, a total of 233,111 posts were registered in October of last year, which are divided into 209,173 permanent and 23,938 contingent workers. By sector, 150,414 corresponded to the Central Government and 82,697 to the Decentralized Sector.

When comparing the payroll of October of 2017 with that of October of 2016 an increase of 9,581 civil servants can be seen, broken down into an increase of 9,750 permanent civil employees and a diminution of 169 contingent ones.

See full report (in Spanish). 

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State Payroll Spending is Increasing

October 2018

The Panamanian government has spent $2.580 million in salaries for civil servants from January to August this year, 10% more than had been reported in the first eight months of 2017.

According to figures from the Office of the General Comptroller between January and August 2017 and the same period this year, the expenditure on salaries for civil servants increased by $241 million, from $2,339 million to $2,580 million.

Spending on Public Wages Up 12%

July 2018

Between January and June, the Panamanian State disbursed $1.915 billion in salaries to public officials, 12% more than the $1.708 billion reported in the first semester of 2017.

The Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic reported that the cumulative gross salary of the Public Sector payroll in June 2018 amounted to $333.3 million, of which $312.2 million corresponds to permanent officials and $21.1 million to interim staff.

Increase in State Payroll

May 2018

The Panamanian State spends $321 million a month on salaries paid to public officials, well above the $209 million spent on this expense four years ago.

Monthly expenditure on public salaries has increased, especially during the Varela administration, as according to figures of the Ministry of Economy and Finance from March 2018, every month $113 million more is paid than in 2014.

Panama: State Payroll Continues to Grow

June 2015

Between January and April this year, the state payroll increased by 11,161 people, mainly in the Social Security Department and the ministries of Education, Health and Finance.

The increase in staff also raises the total value of wages, which rose in monthly terms of $210 million when there were 194,855 employees to $227 million after an increase to 206,016 workers.

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