In Te Taunaki | Public Service Census, we found public servants were strongly motivated by a spirit of service. Eighty-four percent of participants were motivated to stay working in the Public Service because their work contributes positively to society, helps people in the community (77%), and a belief in the purpose and principles of the Public Service (63%). Most people (89%) understood how their work leads to improved outcomes for communities.
Contribution to society (57%) was the most common reason that people joined the public service, with other top reasons being interesting work (55%), alignment with skills (51%), and job security (45%).
Te Taunaki | Public Service Census included a range of questions relating to the introduction of the Public Service Act 2020. These show that most public servants: