Of the 34 Public Service chief executives (CEs) as at 30 September 2019, 17 were women. Two women and one man were in acting roles. Women now account for 50% of CEs, up from 44% in 2018 and 30% five years ago in 2014.

Unlike in the past where female CEs tended to occupy smaller roles, more of them are now appointed to larger jobs. Their average job size has increased by 16% between 2016 and 2019, with the job size gap with their male colleagues narrowing to 1% from a 27% gap in 2016.

Ethnic diversity amongst the CEs comprises 88% European, 12% Maori and 3% Pacific Peoples (these add to more than 100% as it includes those with multiple ethnicities).

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