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Public Service Chief Executive Remuneration Expenditure

The appropriation for Public Service CE remuneration is capped by the Government and the State Services Commissioner allocates within this.  Appropriation and actual spend are at around the same level as they were in 2008/09, reflecting a consistently conservative approach to the use of taxpayer money.

  • In 2014/15 the total amount spent on Public Service chief executive remuneration was $12.189 million, which was $1.413 million below the cap. The expenditure was $0.606 million up on 2013/14, reflecting the appointment into the long-vacant Ministry of Health position and the payment of a higher number of end-of-term leave and performance pay entitlements for the outgoing chief executives of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Figure 1: Appropriation and Actual Expenditure for Remuneration and Related Employment Costs of Chief Executives

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Notes:

  • Figure 1 shows the appropriation for remuneration and related employment costs and actual expenditure on remuneration, training and development, relocation costs and end of term payments for Public Service chief executives.
  • Both the appropriation and the expenditure increased during the period 2006/07 to 2008/09, reflecting more buoyant labour market conditions and to allow some catch-up of Public Service chief executive remuneration with other parts of the State sector.
  • Decreases in appropriation and expenditure occurred in 2009/10 and 2010/11, reflecting an environment of fiscal restraint and modest remuneration expectations.
  • The increase in expenditure for 2011/12 reflected payments to chief executives with untaken leave at the end of their terms, and relocation costs for newly appointed chief executives.
  • The decrease in expenditure for the 2012/13 year reflected an environment of continued fiscal restraint, a reduction in the number of Public Service departments and reduced relocation costs for newly appointed chief executives.
  • The decrease in expenditure in 2013/14 reflected that two chief executive positions were vacant for a significant portion of the year.
  • The increase in expenditure in 2014/15 reflected the appointment into the long-vacant Ministry of Health position, and the payment of a higher number of end-of-term leave and performance pay entitlements for the outgoing Chief Executives of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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