During the year to 30 June 2019, the Public Service workforce increased by 5.8% (or 2,898 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) staff) to 52,628 FTE employees.

Of the 34 Public Service departments, 27 of them increased their FTE staff - five agencies reported a decrease, and two new agencies were added in to the Public Service in 2019 – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Arawhiti: Māori Crown Relations. The biggest increases in FTEs was at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (up 513), Department of Corrections (up 461), and Ministry for Primary Industries (up 405). In contrast, the two largest decreases were Ministry of Justice (down 326), and Inland Revenue (down 247).

The Department of Corrections remains the largest Public Service department (with 9,452 FTEs), followed by MSD (6,912) and IR (4,888). These top three agencies make up 40.4% of the Public Service workforce.

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