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GAP Institute: Early retirement of civil servants

Feb 3, 2021

GAP Institute published today the report on early retirement of civil servants. The report explains the rules and procedures on early retirement and, for the first time, presents detailed data on the age of civil servants in all budget organizations.

According to the data provided by the State Treasury, civil servants make up 26.7% of all public sector employees. The average age in the civil service is 47.5 years. Of the total number of civil servants, 14.1% over the age of 60.

According to the Law on Public Officials, early retirement starts at the age of 63 and can be initiated at the request of civil servants or by a decision of institutions. There are 1,091 civil servants who have reached the age of 63 (7.9% of civil servants).

Municipalities employ more civil servants over the age of 63 than central level institutions and independent institutions.

Taking into account that Kosovo has the highest ratio in Europe of public sector employees compared to the total number of employees, GAP Institute recommends policies that encourage early retirement and non-replacement of such vacancies with new employees in order to lower the number of employees in the public sector and reduce the state budget for wages and salaries.

Please find the full report attached to this email or by clicking here.




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