Executive Summary

Public sector employment growth. While employment growth in the core Public Service has increased more rapidly than other parts of the wider public sector, the overall sector has grown by 11% since 2002 compared with 13% for the labour market as a whole.

Public Service employment growth. Public Service employment increased by 5% in the June 2007 year, giving a total headcount of 44,335 (full-time equivalent of 42,047). The number of permanent staff increased by 2,067 while the number of fixed-term staff reduced by 248. The overall growth of 5% was the same as in the June 2006 year.

Turnover rates. Turnover rates for the Public Service were similar to 2006 figures at 14% for core unplanned turnover and 20% for gross turnover (13% and 22% in 2006 respectively). Turnover rates varied considerably by department (between 5.0% and 33.7% core unplanned turnover) and by occupation.

Annual leave entitlements. Forty-two percent of full-time permanent employees had 25 days annual leave entitlement or more (28% in 2006).

Occupation. The occupational composition of the Public Service differs markedly from the NZ labour market as a whole. Seventy-five percent of public servants are in the professional or clerical and administration occupation groups compared with 31% in these groups for the labour market as a whole.

Salary rates. The median salary for staff as at 30 June 2007 was $48,343 ($45,900 in 2006) and the average salary was $56,619 ($53,948 in 2006).

Proportion of Māori staff. The proportion of Māori staff as at 30 June 2007 was 16.8% (16.7% in 2006) compared with 14.6% in the overall population (2006 Census).

Diversity in senior management. The proportion of senior managers who are Māori was 9.1% (8.2% in 2006). The proportion of senior managers who are women was 37.8% (37.7% in 2006).


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