In the first quarter of the year, 608,746 people worked as civil servants, representing a 0.4% drop against the same period last year.
The number of civil servants in Portugal fell 0.4% to 608,746 over the first quarter of 2012, according to figures released by the public administration employment directorate (DGAEP) on Wednesday.
Central administration workers, who make up 75% of all public servants, decreased by 0.6% to 454,606 workers. The autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores also saw the number of civil servants drop. Meanwhile, local administration bucked the main trend and registered an employee increase of 0.1%.
On the labour market, jobs in public administration are held by 11.1% of the working-age population representing 12.9% of the workforce.