The numbers of staff (excluding chief executives) who received $100,000 or more in total remuneration (including base salary plus any superannuation, performance and redundancy payments) are shown in two tables below, one for tertiary education institutions and the other for Public Service departments and selected Crown agencies[1]. As salaries increase each year, more and more employees are moving into the $100,000+ income bracket[2].

The number in the Public Service and selected Crown entities group increased by 2,215 or 21.1% in the year to 30 June 2019. This increase was partly due to the impact of redundancies and structural changes within agencies, as well as two additional new agencies (Te Arawhiti and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development). The number of employees in the tertiary education institutions group increased by 301 or 4.2% in the academic year to 31 December 2018. Wage inflation will increase the number of staff receiving more than $100,000 each year as people move up the salary scale.

[1] Data covers Public Service departments (32 in 2018 and 34 in 2019), as well as six selected Crown entities whose chief executives are under the Remuneration Authority jurisdiction, including the Audit Office, Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Office of the Ombudsmen, Parliamentary Service, Parliamentary Counsel Office, and Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Data also covers tertiary education institutions (28 in 2017 and 2018).

[2] In 1998, Cabinet agreed that the disclosure of public sector remuneration would follow the Companies Act 1993 requirement, where total remuneration would be disclosed where it was above $100,000 (CAB (98) M8/3B(1)).

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