SOME 17,025 employees have been let go from the Junta de Andalucia over the last seven years.

Official figures released by the Central Personnel Registry show a drop from 254,496 in January 2010 to 237, 471 in January 2017.

Teachers not working at a university were worst hit, with a loss of 6,000 vacancies, followed by 5,000 losses within the regional government’s departments.

Apart from Andalucia only Madrid, Valencia and Murcia displayed significant reductions, with other regions such as Navarra, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands actually increasing in staff.