- Title page
- Commissioner's Foreword
- A Public Service for the Future
- Executive Summary
- Staff Numbers
- People Costs
- Leadership in the State Services
- Capability and Diversity
- Appendix 1: FTE employees by department
- Appendix 2: Department diversity information
- Appendix 3: Tenure, annual leave, and sick leave by department
- Appendix 4: Occupations in the HR customised occupation groups
- Appendix 5: Definitions
Information in this report comes primarily from the HRC survey, which collects payroll data on staff in all 29 Public Service departments. The survey has been conducted annually since the year 2000. The SSC has a statutory role of employing Public Service chief executives and reviewing their performance. The HRC survey provides insights into performance from a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) perspective.
This report provides information about characteristics and trends within the State services, and provides an extra level of analysis of the Public Service. Five main topic areas are covered:
- staff numbers
- people costs
- capability and diversity.
The survey data is a resource for agencies to use in benchmarking themselves with other agencies, sectors and the Public Service as a whole. HRC information also feeds into university research, parliamentary questions, international benchmarks on government performance, policy advice and is an example of the Public Service's commitment to open government.
Technical aspects of the survey
The survey collects employee and organisational level information from departments. The survey covers permanent and fixed term staff. The database of information is managed by the Strategic Information team within the State Services Commission, who have information on Public Service employment dating back to 1913. Information on the survey structure, definitions, and contact details are available on the SSC website: http://www.ssc.govt.nz/hrc-survey-materials.
HRC reporting and capping reporting
This report complements the capping of Core Government Administration update which reports on the total number of positions (FTE staff numbers plus vacancy numbers) in the Core Government Administration group, and the number of communication staff in each department. For the full capping report, see http://www.ssc.govt.nz/capping-june14.
There is a significant overlap between the staff covered by the cap on Core Government Administration and staff in the Public Service. Figure 1 highlights the overlaps and differences between these two groups.
Figure 1: Core Government Administration and the Public Service
A guide to New Zealand's central government agencies
By definition, the Public Service comprises the departments listed on the 1st Schedule of the State Sector Act 1988. Irrespective of being called a department, ministry or some other title, they are all Public Service departments.
By definition, the State Services comprises the agencies that operate as instruments of the Crown in respect of the Government of New Zealand (i.e. the Executive Branch of Government). This includes the Public Service, most Crown entities, the Reserve Bank, a range of agencies listed on the 4th Schedule of the Public Finance Act 1989, companies listed on Schedule 4A of the Public Finance Act, and a small number of departments that are not part of the Public Service.
By convention, the State sector comprises the agencies whose financial situation and performance is included in the Crown accounts as part of the Government reporting entity under the Public Finance Act 1989. This includes the State Services, tertiary education institutions, State-Owned Enterprises and Mixed Ownership Model companies, as well as a small number of agencies that operate as instruments of the Legislative Branch of Government.