Background

This paper presents labour market information on the Public Service, as at 30 June 2004. It is set against a backdrop of generally tight labour market conditions across the economy, with high levels of skill shortages and wage growth, and historically low levels of unemployment.

The information comes mainly from the Human Resource Capability (HRC) survey, which gathers anonymous unit-record data on staff 1 in Public Service departments. This year, the HRC survey data have been supplemented by data from the survey of collective employment agreements carried out by Victoria University. This survey provided further data on around 15,500 Public Service employees (or 80% of those on current collective agreements). The report also includes data from Statistics New Zealand's labour market surveys.

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