NEW figures show the number of public servants in Queensland has fallen by more than 4400 full-time employees since the state election in March.
But Premier Campbell Newman, in the same breath, said there had been an increase of 845 to 199,789 full-time employees since the previous fortnight as casual teachers were re-employed after the school holidays.
"It is impossible to give a completely accurate picture of the current size of the public service due to the shambolic state of the payroll and IT systems," he said.
"The latest figures from the Public Service Commission demonstrate how the numbers can bounce around from fortnight to fortnight, but they also reveal that overall numbers have fallen by 4408 FTEs since the fortnight ending 6 April."
Mr Newman said the cuts had to occur as he worked to reduce the state's debt. He has previously stated there were about 20,000 public servants too many.