Media release from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, 11 November 2009.

The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, released the results of the Human Resource Capability Survey for 2009 today.

The report provides a summary of workforce statistics for the Public Service, for the year to 30 June 2009. The report covers six main topics: staff numbers, recruitment and retention, pay and benefits, equality and diversity, leave, and employment.

"Consistent with the Government's expectations around capping the numbers of the core government administration, in the six months to 30 June 2009 the number of full time equivalent employees in the Public Service decreased by 625 - a decline of 1.4 percent. However, in the period up to 31 December 2008, numbers increased by 1,728 - a 4.0 percent rise. The change for the full 2008/09 year was an increase of 2.5 percent, from 43,569 to 44,672 and was the slowest growth since the survey began in 2000," Iain Rennie said.

Over the past year, 301 employees in the Public Service were made redundant; an increase of 82 percent from 2008. This is the highest number of redundancies since 2000, when 781 employees in the Public Service were made redundant.

The average base salary in the Public Service increased by 5.3 percent to $62,713, from $59,532 in 2008. This movement represents salary increases relating to the 2007/08 year that are likely to have occurred in the first few months of the survey period.

"The Labour Cost Index from Statistics NZ indicates that over 90% of the annual salary movement in the Public Service occurred between July and December 2008, reflecting the Government's expectations of restraint," Iain Rennie said.

Other key points include:

  • Core unplanned turnover dropped from 15 percent to 11 percent, the largest annual decrease since the HRC survey began in 2000. Most of the decrease in turnover occurred in the six months between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2009. The occupation with the largest drop in turnover was public relations professionals.
  • There was a significant decrease in recruitment for the year to 30 June 2009 as a result of a drop-off in numbers towards the end of the financial year. There were 362 new recruits in the month of June 2009, just over half the number who started in the previous June.
  • Public servants are staying in their jobs for longer. The average length of service across all permanent public servants has increased to 8.2 years, up from 8.0 years a year ago. This represents the largest annual increase in tenure since the survey began in 2000.

The full report can be read here:


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