The number of bureaucrats in Australia has dropped for the first time in more than a decade, a new analysis of jobs data shows.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) quarterly jobs reports, released on Monday, show there were 2500 fewer public servants in June 2012 than the previous year.
In previous years, commonwealth, state and local governments had hired an average of 40,000 new workers annually.
The report also notes this may be only the start, since many cuts, such as those in Queensland, were made in the 2012/13 financial year.
It found that in the year to November 2012, the public administration and safety sector, which included public servants and emergency services workers, shed 50,800 jobs.
That was the largest drop in the sector since the Australian Bureau of Statistics began recording quarterly labour force data in 1984.
"The federal government, as well Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and WA, and local governments, have reduced the size of their public sector," ACTU president Ged Kearney said.
She said governments had foreshadowed more cuts to come by reducing forecasts of wage bills.
"Cutting public sector workers is a short-sighted policy which will lead to reduced services for all Australians," Ms Kearney said.
"Many of the workers who lose their jobs will spend long periods of time in unemployment."
The union analysis also found recent jobs growth had all been in part-time work, with the amount of full-time employment falling for three months in a row.
Construction had a weak year, losing 37,800 workers to November 2012.
The mining sector made the strongest gains with 11.9 per cent growth, putting on an extra 28,600 workers.
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