- Title page
- Executive Summary
- Staff Numbers
- Collective Bargaining
- Fixed-Term Employment
- Occupational Structure
- Recruitment Difficulties and Skill Shortages
- Salary distribution by EEO group
- Gender Pay Gaps
- Age Profile
- Senior Management
- Appendix 1: Public Service: Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) As At 30 June 2001
Recruitment Difficulties and Skill Shortages
Twenty-two departments reported difficulty attracting suitable applicants for positions, during the year to 30 June 2001, due to remuneration levels, working conditions and/or reputation. Many of these departments reported difficulty in attracting applicants in their core professional and associate professional occupation groups. Nine departments reported difficulty recruiting policy analysts, especially at the senior and more experienced level.
The most common cause of recruitment difficulty was remuneration, followed by the reputation of the department and/or the Public Service. Around half of all departments felt that their ability to remunerate staff compared to other departments and/or the private sector would continue to affect the supply of skills for their organisation over the next five years.
Twenty-three departments reported that they had been unable to fill some positions due to a lack of suitably qualified candidates in the labour market. Experienced policy analysts (particularly with other specialist skills) were identified as the major shortage across departments, with 14 departments reporting a shortage of that skill in the labour market. The most common techniques for managing skill shortages were to fill the position from within, to appoint a lower-skilled applicant with subsequent training investment, or to use temporary staff or contractors.
Skill gaps were reported by 19 departments. A skill gap occurs when the mix of staff does not match the mix of organisational functions. Many of these departments identified gaps in their professional disciplines (both in terms of specialist knowledge and experience). Other common skill gaps reported were Maori language and Treaty-related skills, communication skills, strategic analysis/planning skills, and analytical skills (statistical, research, economic).
12 Data on recruitment difficulties replaces the previous Skill Shortage Survey. The latter survey had not proved successful in identifying key areas of labour market shortage and, following a review of the survey, has been replaced with a more broadly based instrument.