20 October 2022

The data we collect provides information about gender across all public service staff and gender in senior leadership.

Gender across all staff

Women make up 62.1% of the Public Service workforce, while 37.3% are men. Information from the Public Service Census shows that those of another gender or multiple genders make up 0.5% of the Public Service workforce — a greater proportion than previously shown in Workforce Data.

Female representation is at the highest level since first measured in 2000 (56.2%). This compares with 50.7% in the New Zealand working-age population in the year ending June 2022 (from Stats NZ’s Household Labour Force Survey). The type of work in the Public Service may partly explain this high representation, as many public service occupations such as social workers, case workers and clerical and administration workers also have a high representation of women in the wider labour market.

Gender in senior leadership

Female representation at the senior leadership level has increased strongly over the past decade but remains below the proportion of women in the Public Service. As at 30 June 2022, the percentage of women in the top 3 tiers of senior management was 55.8% (up from 42.1% in 2012).