List of countries by public sector size

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This is a list of countries by public sector, calculated as the number of public sector employees as a percentage of the total workforce. Information is based mainly on data from the OECD[1][2][3] and the ILO.[4] If a source has figures for more than one year, only the most recent figure is used (with notes for exceptional circumstances).

In the former Eastern Bloc countries, the public sector in 1989 accounted for between 70% to over 90% of total employment.[5] In China a full 100% of employees were employed in the public sector by 1978, the year the Chinese economic reform was launched, after which the rates dropped. Jin Zeng estimates the numbers were 56.4% in 1995 and 32.8% in 2003,[6] while other estimates are higher.[7][8][9]

In OECD countries, the average public sector employment rate was 21.3% in 2013.[1]

List[edit]

Country OECD (%)[1][2][3] ILO (%)[4][10][11][12] Other estimates (%)
 Albania 0 (2019)
 Argentina 0 (2019)
 Armenia 0(2013) 17.6 (World Bank publication, 2009)[13]
 Australia 20.4 (2012) 18.0 (2012)
 Austria 15.2 (2014) 15.1 (2014)
 Azerbaijan 76.6 (2019) 21.7 (World Bank publication, 2009)[13]
 Bahamas 33.7 (2009)
 Bangladesh 8.0 (2010)
 Bahrain 8.4*[a] (Baldwin-Edwards, 2010)[14]
 Barbados 22.3 (2013)
 Belarus 50.6 (2013) 72.0 (World Bank publication, 2010),[5] 40.1 (BelStat, 2017)[15]
 Belgium 21.5 (2013) 21.1 (2019)
 Bermuda 10.3 (2010)
 Bhutan 17.8 (2012)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 26.9 (2019)
 Botswana 21.7 (2019)
 Brazil 12.1 (2013) 12.3 (2019)
 Bulgaria 21.1 (2019)
 Cameroon 9.8 (2014)
 Canada 22.4 (2013) 20.2 (2019)
 Chile 14.0 (2013) 12.4 (2019)
 China 27.0 (2012) 73% (2019, Chinese government), [16][17] 29.3 (2004),[6] 50 (2011, Business Insider)[18]
 Colombia 10.0 (2013) 3.7 (2019) 5.3*[b] (2017, Public Spending and Investment Commission),[19] 6.8 (2017, Colombian Insurers Federation)[20]
 Costa Rica 13.9 (2019)
 Croatia 30.1 (2019)
 Czech Republic 18.0 (2013) 15.4 (2015)
 Cuba 77.0 (2010)
 Denmark 32.9 (2011) 29.6 (2019)
 Dominican Republic 13.6 (2019)
 Ecuador 7.7 (2019)
 Egypt 26.3 (2013)
 El Salvador 7.6 (2019)
 Estonia 22.0 (2013) 23.8 (2019)
 Ethiopia 29.5 (2012)
 Finland 27.0 (2013) 26.1 (2019)
 France 28.0 (2013) 20.5 (2019)
 Georgia 17.7 (2019) 21.1 (World Bank publication, 2009)[13]
 Ghana 11.0 (2013)
 Germany 15.3 (2012) 12.9 (2013)
 Greece 14.6 (2012) 21.3 (2019)
 Guatemala 11.5 (2014)
 Guinea 8.0 (2012)
 Haiti 9.0 (2012)
 Hong Kong 7.5 (2012)
 Hungary 24.8 (2012) 24.8 (2012)
 India 3.80 (2014) 4.7*[c] (2002)[21] 3.80 (World Bank Data and Reserve Bank of India Data, 2012)[22][23]
 Indonesia 9.5 (2019)
 Iran 18.3 (2008)
 Ireland 19.5 (2014) 17.9 (2014)
 Israel 20.7 (2007) 18.5 (2014)
 Italy 18.3 (2013) 16.0 (2013)
 Japan 12.9 (2014) 7.7 (2019)
 Jordan 24.3 (2019)
 Kazakhstan 23.3 (2012) 20.8 (World Bank publication, 2009)[13]
 Kuwait 44.6 (2008) 18.5*[a] (Baldwin-Edwards, 2008)[14]
 Kyrgyzstan 15.1 (World Bank publication, 2009)[13]
 Latvia 31.2 (2013) 29.5 (2019)
 Liechtenstein 7.1 (2015)
 Lithuania 26.9 (2019) 24.0 (World Bank publication, 2010)[5]
 Luxembourg 22.1 (2011)
 Macau 6.5 (2014)
 Madagascar 11.0 (2012)
 Malaysia 15.1 (2019)
 Mali 8.4 (2010)
 Mexico 13.8 (2013) 11.5 (2019)
 Moldova 36.0 (2014) 41.0 (World Bank publication, 2010)[5]
 Mongolia 25.0 (2019)
 Montenegro 32.2 (2021)[24][25]
 Morocco 12.1 (2012)
 North Macedonia 23.1 (2019)
 New Zealand 13.4 (2011) 11.5 (2011)
 Nigeria 8.6 (2019)
 Netherlands 17.3 (2013) 19.9 (2019)
 Norway 35.6 (2013) 32.4 (2019)
OECD 21.3*[d] (2013)
 Oman 14.0*[a] (Baldwin-Edwards, 2008)[14]
 Panama 19.9 (2019)
 Paraguay 10.1 (2019)
 Peru 8.4 (2019)
 Philippines 9.1 (2019)
 Poland 25.2 (2013) 23.6 (2019) 16.0 (World Bank publication, 2010)[5]
 Portugal 18.4 (2014) 14.7 (2014)
 Qatar 16.1 (2010) 12.1*[a] (Baldwin-Edwards, 2009)[14]
 Romania 16.0 (2019) 15.3 (INS, 2015)[26]
 Russia 40.6 (2011)
 Rwanda 7.0 (2019)
 San Marino 16.7 (2019)
 Saudi Arabia 35.3 35.3*[a] (Baldwin-Edwards, 2008)[14]
 Senegal 8.7 (2011)
 Serbia 25.1 (2019)
 Seychelles 41.6 (2019)
 Singapore 32.0 (2014)
 Slovakia 18.2 (2013) 26.9 (2019)
 Slovenia 20.9 (2012) 20.9 (2012)
 South Africa 17.4 (2013) 16.9 (2014)
 South Korea 11.6 (2013) 10.3 (2014)
 Spain 17.9 (2014) 16.3 (2019)
 Sri Lanka 15.1 (2012)
 Sweden 29.9 (2013) 29.2 (2019)
  Switzerland 18.0 (2014) 13.8 (2014)
 Tajikistan 33.0 (World Bank publication, 2010)[5]
 Tanzania 7.5 (2013)
 Thailand 9.3 (2019)
 Turkey 15.9 (2011) 13.3 (2014)
 Ukraine 26.7 (2012) 26.5 (2013)
 United Kingdom 21.5 (2013) 21.5 (2013)
 United States 17.6 [not included in dataset] (2013) 13.3 (2019) 19.2 (Mercatus publication, 2013)[27]
 Uruguay 14.9 (2019)
 Uzbekistan 18.2 (2019)
 Venezuela 29.0 (2014)
 Vietnam 9.5 (2019)
 Zambia 9.7 (2013)
 Zimbabwe 12.1 (2019)
  1. ^ a b c d e GCC estimates by Baldwin-Edwards are state employment as a proportion of total employment. The employment of nationals is primarily in the state sector, with migrant workers dominating the private sector.
  2. ^ The number of employees in Colombia's public sector is underestimated because subcontracting and outsourcing are common in many government agencies.
  3. ^ India's public sector still accounted for 69% of the country's organised workforce.
  4. ^ OECD average for 2013 does not include Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, South Korea, Ireland and Portugal.

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