The State Services Commission obtained customised 2006 and 2013 census data from Statistics New Zealand to get a better picture of migrant flow into the Public Service. Around 25% of Public Service employees in 2013 were born overseas, up from around 22% in 2006. This compares to 27.6% of all employed New Zealanders in 2013, 27.4% of those working in the private sector and 36%-38% of those working in health and State Sector tertiary education. Around 38% of Public Service employees in Auckland were born overseas.

Migrants who became New Zealand Public Service employees have come from over 50 countries. Commonwealth countries have provided the largest proportion of overseas-born public servants, led by the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa, followed by India, Fiji and Samoa. By comparison, in the private sector a higher proportion of overseas-born employees have migrated from countries such as China, South Korea and the Philippines.

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