There were 57,149 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff at 30 June 2020. This is an increase of 8.6% (or 4,521 FTEs) from the reported number of 52,628 in 2019. The 2019 figure was around 200 FTEs lower than the actual figure due to a reporting error (see below). Accounting for this results in an annual increase in FTE staff of around 8.2%.

Of the 36 Public Service departments, 30 of them increased their FTE staff - four agencies reported a decrease, and two new agencies were added in to the Public Service in 2020 – the Cancer Control Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency.

The biggest increases in FTEs was at:

  • The Ministry of Social Development (up 1,060). This was driven by increased funding to meet the rise in demand from Covid 19 and to improve support into sustainable work.
  • Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children (up 609). This was driven by funding for additional social workers and support roles in youth justice.
  • The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (up 534). This was driven by increased funding for immigration intelligence, compliance and investigations.
  • The Ministry of Justice (up 510). Nearly half of this increase is not real. The Ministry of Justice underreported their FTE numbers by around 200 FTEs last year due to a data error.

In contrast, the largest decrease was at Inland Revenue (down 164).

The Department of Corrections remains the largest Public Service department (with 9,803 FTEs), followed by MSD (7,973). These top two agencies make up 31.1% of the Public Service workforce.

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