The Public Service continued to employ high proportions of women, Maori and Pacific staff when compared to the employed labour force. The overall levels of representation are shown in Table 4below. Maori, Pacific peoples and Asian peoples each accounted for a slightly higher proportion of appointments than they did of cessations, suggesting that the representation rates for these groups will continue to increase slowly.
1 Public Service ethnicity data double-counts people with more than one ethnicity, so that a person who is Maori and Samoan will be counted in both Maori and Pacific peoples. The labour force figures shown, which are sourced from Statistics NZ's Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), use a priority reporting system that has the effect of slightly reducing the figure for Pacific peoples. Figures on Asian peoples are not available from the HLFS.
2 In 1998 a new definition of disability was introduced, based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard. Part of the reason for the downward trend in the number of staff with disabilities may be due to the effect of data collected using the previous definition, which was somewhat looser than the WHO standard.