The Treasury publishes annual Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand each year. These statements include personnel expenditure, which covers total remuneration paid to employees. It includes payments such as salaries, employer contributions to superannuation, long service leave entitlements, performance and severance. Personnel expenses for core government agencies increased by 8.8% to $7,884 million in the 2019 June year, while the total Crown personnel expenditure increased by 9.7% to $25,983 million as shown in the table below.

Personnel expenditure in core Crown and total Crown, June year 2014-2019
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Core Crown* personnel expenditure ($m)
Annual Change (%)
$6,232
3.2%
$6,552
5.1%
$6,666
1.7%
$6,890
3.4%
$7,249
5.2%
$7,884
8.8%
Total Crown** personnel expenditure ($m)
Annual Change (%)
$20,484
2.8%
$21,124
3.1%
$21,952
3.9%
$22,599
2.9%
$23,690
4.8%
$25,983
9.7%

*Core Crown - includes Ministers, government departments, Offices of Parliament, the NZS Fund and the Reserve Bank of NZ.

**Total Crown - includes the core Crown plus Crown entities and State-owned Enterprises.

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