As at 30 June 2019, there were 1,181 senior leaders in the Public Service (defined as the top three tiers of managers with chief executives being tier one). This compares to 1,133 senior leaders last year. Contributing to this increase were the addition of two new agencies – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Arawhiti: Māori Crown Relation.

The average tenure within their departments for tier two leaders, excluding those on fixed-term contracts, was 6.7 years in 2019, down from a peak of 12.1 years in 2007. The average tenure for tier three leaders in 2019 was 11 years and has remained relatively unchanged for the past ten years. Average tenure for non-managerial staff is 8.5 years.

Annual sick leave usage for senior leadership is very low, at 3.7 days in 2019. This compares with 6.0 days for the ‘other managers’ group and 8.1 days, on average, for non-managerial staff.

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