The Public Service workforce is characterised by permanent and full-time employment. Nearly 30% percent of permanent public servants have been with their department for more than 10 years. Cohort analysis2 on employees in the Public Service between 2001 and 2006 shows that 55% of permanent staff in 2001 were still employed by the same Public Service department in 2006.
More staff on collective agreements
The proportion of employees covered by current collective agreements increased from 49% to 56% in the year to 30 June 2006, while the proportion on individual agreements decreased accordingly. 60% of Public Service employees were union members (58% in 2005) and 76% of union members belonged to the Public Service Association.
8% of public servants worked part-time (fewer than 30 hours per week) compared with 24% of employees in the labour force3 as a whole. This was a reduction on the 9% of employees working part-time as at 30 June 2005.
2 The method used for identifying the 2001 cohort involved matching records for permanent employees who remained in the same department throughout the 2001-2006 period, using their employee number or start and birth date where the employee number was not consistent.
3Source: Statistics New Zealand. New Zealand Income Survey (June 2006).