Core staff numbers in the Public Service have increased for the first time since the late 1980s. The number of open-term staff increased 8.3% or 2,160 FTE employees. This year the number of staff in the Public Service has risen by 1,296 (4.5%) to 30,357 FTEs1. Around a quarter of this increase was due to machinery of government changes (the movement of the Health Funding Authority into the Ministry of Health). Figure 1below shows the trend in Public Service employment over the past seven years. This year 23 departments had an increase in overall staff numbers. The increase covered a large number of occupations. Some of the core professional groups in the Public Service, such as policy analysts had among the largest staff increases.
1Details on overall employment, changes from previous years and contract type and contract term information for individual organisations are provided in Appendix 1.