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08/03/2023

PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL PERMANENT SECRETARY Highest rate of women choosing a career in the Public Service

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The rate of women who have a career with the Public Service amounts to 55%, which is the highest rate the Public Service has ever had. This means an increase of 5% over a decade ago, and it also means that the Public Service not only retained but even managed to attract more women to pursue a career as a public officer. 

This was announced by Principal Permanent Secretary Tony Sultana during a conference organised by the Public Service on the occasion of World Women’s Day.

Mr Sultana underlined how these figures confirm how well the Public Service understands today’s needs through flexible support systems. Such systems will be further strengthened in the coming days.

“The trends are clear and consistent. It is our duty that as the largest employer in the country we are also an example for others, a model employer, with flexible and efficient work practices for both men and women,” said Mr Sultana.

He concluded by saying that the principle of equity will remain at the core of every initiative and reform undertaken by the Public Service, regardless of gender or salary scale, so that this principle is really put into practice every day, all year round.

The conference ‘Sustaining a Gender Equal Future’ addressed various themes with the participation of public officers, various stakeholders, women in leadership roles, entrepreneurs in the private sector and permanent secretaries among others.