The Public Service Commission has been collecting and publishing workforce data on Public Service employees since 2000.

High quality workforce information is important for agencies to recruit, develop and deploy the people they need as well as identifying workforce pressure points and issues.

New Zealand’s first Public Service Census started on 11 May and closed in early June 2021. About 60,000 public servants working in 36 agencies (departments and departmental agencies) were asked questions focusing on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at work, a unified Public Service, and strengthening Māori-Crown relationships. The final overall response rate is 63.1%, representing the views and experiences of 40,000 public servants.

The Workforce Information Standard and accompanying guidance, which was published in November 2018, makes it easier to collect and report workforce information across the State Services.

Click on the following topics for more information: Data drilldown / Senior Leaders / Pay gaps / Workforce demographic / Women / Wage trends / Ethnic groups / Occupation / Regional workforce / Rainbow / Workforce size / Workplace health / Workforce costs / Workplace flexibility / Capability. Each topic has an interactive visualisation where you can download the data behind it (see Related links – Guide to Tableau).

Link to 2020 Fact sheet summary. The Workforce Data collection is a snapshot of information as at 30 June of each year.


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