Public Service workforce by region

The largest proportion of the Public Service workforce (44.9%) is located in the Wellington region, which comprises both regional and head office-based staff. This is an increase from 44.3% in 2020. Other regions have 55.1% of the workforce, led by Auckland (20.4%), Canterbury (9.1%) and Waikato (6.7%). The share of the workforce in Wellington has been increasing each year since 2015, when it was 41.1%.

Public sector workforce by region

When we look at all central government, including education and health, the largest proportion of the workforce is in Auckland. Around 113,700 (29.6%) of 384,400 central government employees are in Auckland.

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