This year's survey enables salary levels in the Public Service to be directly compared with other sectors of the economy, by the introduction of job size points5 to the survey. Points were available for just under half of the Public Service jobs.
There was a gap between Public Service pay levels and those in the labour market as a whole. While the smallest Public Service jobs were paid at a similar level to those in the private sector, the pay gap widened as job size increased so that:
the pay gap for the lowest-paid third of public servants was 7% or less;
the pay gap for the middle third of public servants (salaries from $36,000 - $46,000) was between 7% and 12%; and
the pay gap continued to increase up to 25% for those paid over $100,000 (2% of public servants).
Figure 2below shows the trend in pay movement between 1992 and 20016. During this time, pay movement in the Public Service has been considerably below that in the private sector and a long way short of that in the Education Service. Pay movement in the Health Service was almost indistinguishable from the overall private sector pay movement. This does not necessarily mean that pay levels in Education are above those in other parts of the State sector as they may have started from a different base.
Figure 2: Pay Movement 1992 - 2001
5Job size points are based on a range of job evaluation systems. They broadly cover the level of knowledge, skills and accountabilities required to do different jobs.
6The Labour Cost Index was re-based at the end of 2001. A comparable historical series to match with 2002 data is being generated by Statistics NZ.