The number of permanent staff in the Public Service increased for the sixth consecutive year. Table 1 shows that the total number of public servants increased by 5% over the year with permanent (open term) staff increasing by 2,049 employees (6%). Fixed-term staff numbers decreased, reversing the upward trend of the last two years. 27 departments reported an increase in the number of permanent staff, one stayed the same and seven departments decreased in size. See Appendix 1 for details of staffing in individual departments.
Table 1. Public Service Employment, 2005-2006
Staff increases at the Inland Revenue Department and the Department of Corrections had the greatest impact on overall Public Service staff numbers. The majority of additional staff at the Inland Revenue Department were employed to support new programmes, namely Working for Families and Kiwisaver. The increase in staffing at the Department of Corrections was mainly in the Northland and Auckland Regions, with growth resulting from new or expanded facilities (staffing the Auckland Central Remand Prison and increased staffing at the Northland Regional Corrections Facility).
Figure 1 shows the number of filled jobs in 2001 and 2006 for the different parts of the State sector. The Public Service makes up a small proportion of total State sector employment (15%) but has grown faster than other areas since 2001. Over this period the Public Service increased by 34%, whereas the Health and Education services increased by 11% and 6%.
Figure 1. Number of filled jobs in the State sector, 2001 and 2006
Source: Statistics NZ. Quarterly Employment Survey and HRC (2001 and 2006 June quarters)