The staffing needs of the DHMi, the budgetary headings and titles, the number of staff and assignments, are determined by the work programme. Our policy of employment, based on the recruitment of manpower with the qualifications required by their functions; their training for the task that they are required to carry out in awareness of costs and in accordance with the principle of profitability; the creation of a system of statutory rights in order to develop staff loyalty; and the attaching of value to moral and material encouragement of creativity, effort and success, has been thoroughly implemented once again in 2006. The major part of the manpower of the DHMi is composed of contractual staff subject to Decree-Law Nos: 233 and 399, the latter amending the staff-related provisions contained in the former, and those relating to a small number of officials.
According to the work programme, manpower was to comprise 7,099 contracted staff and 301 officials, i.e. on average a complement of 7,400. However, in 2006 the total number of employees was 6,928, including 6,641 contracted staff and 287 officials.
The average manpower in 2006 compared to that of 2005, which was 6,884, showed an increase of 44, bringing the total to 6,928.