Of the 34 Public Service chief executives (CEs) as at 30 September 2019, 17 were women. Two women and one man were in acting roles. Women now account for 50% of CEs, up from 44% in 2018 and 30% five years ago in 2014.

Unlike in the past where female CEs tended to occupy smaller roles, more of them are now appointed to larger jobs. Their average job size has increased by 16% between 2016 and 2019, with the job size gap with their male colleagues narrowing to 1% from a 27% gap in 2016.

Ethnic diversity amongst the chief executives comprises 90.3% European, 16.1% Māori and 3.2% Pacific Peoples (including those with multiple ethnicities).

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