State Personnel

The State Personnel

The state personnel - a brief summary: Number of staff in 2008 (full time equivalent) was 18.300, within 220 or so agencies. In addition there are various committees, boards etc. The largest employer, in terms of personnel, is Landspitali Hospital, which employs 21,8% of the state personnel. The 15 largest agencies employ 50% of the total staff.


Number of employees within agency, boards and various commitees
Number of instances
Personnel (full-time equivalent)
% of total personnel
Less then 10
125
333
2%
10-49 employess
96
2.390
13%
50-99 employess
48
3.400
19%
100-199 employess
23
3.185
17%
200-499 employess
11
3.427
19%
500-999 employess
2
1.539
8%
1000 or more
1
3.987
22%
Total
306*
18.261
100%
(All numbers refer to the year 2008.)
*The number refers to budgetary instances. The number of agencies is considerably less.

In the last decades, public administrations around the world have been going through various managerial reforms. This has not least been the case in the field of human resource management, where in the past national traditions and histories have been the most influential factors. In the international arena, there is increasing interest in comparing and sharing experience regarding best practices in personnel matters and public administration.

The Department of Personnel Policy in the Ministry of Finance disseminates information on personnel-related issues in the Icelandic state sector in connection with meetings, conferences and seminars in various international arenas. It also provides written responses to questionnaire surveys and other inquiries from foreign cooperation partners and international organisations. The following publication manuscript describes how the Icelandic government employer system is structured and sets out the general employment conditions, as well as more specific rules of employment law, the individual agencies go by in creating their employment policies.