Workforce demographic

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  • The representation of women in the Public Service workforce continues at a high level, with 61.1% of employees being female at 30 June 2019. This is the highest level since first measured in 2000 (56.2%).
  • As at 30 June 2019, the percentage of women in the top three tiers of senior management was 49.6%, up from 37.8% in 2009.
  • The gender pay gap in the Public Service as at 30 June 2019 was 10.5%, a substantial decrease from last year’s gap of 12.2%. This is the lowest gender pay gap in the Public Service since measurement began in 2000.
  • Although Europeans still made up the highest proportion (67.3%) in 2019, this has decreased steadily since first measured in 2000. Māori representation (15.5%) in the Public Service workforce continued at relatively high levels compared to the overall New Zealand labour force (12.6% in the year to June 2019). There was an increase in the representation of Asian (11.1% up strongly from 10.1% last year) and Pacific (9.2% up from 9.1% last year) staff.
  • The average age of the Public Service workforce was 44.4 years. The average age of the workforce has been trending down slightly from a peak in 2015-16 of 44.8 years. Before then the workforce had been aging steadily, with the average age in 2000 being 40.8 years.

The following interactive tables show key demographic measures by department and occupational group.

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