Background

The information in this paper comes mainly from the Human Resource Capability (HRC) survey, which has collected anonymous unit-record data on staff 1 in Public Service departments since 2000. Data from Statistics New Zealand's labour market surveys is also used to allow comparisons with the labour force as a whole.

This year's survey saw changes in the collection of occupation data from codes in the New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (NZSCO) to codes in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO 2 ). Departments recoded every job to the new classification, with technical assistance from the State Services Commission (SSC) and Statistics New Zealand. Some advantages of the changed classification include new occupations that reflect today's labour market (for example many more information technology occupations) and allowing comparisons to other New Zealand or Australian surveys. The recoding process also provided an opportunity for departments to check and improve data accuracy. The disadvantage of the change is that trend analysis becomes difficult, due to major differences between the old and new classifications.

A new data field for department day entitlement 3 was introduced this year to improve reporting on annual leave entitlements. Traditionally department day entitlements were separate from annual leave, however some departments have now incorporated them into annual leave entitlements.

 

1 The survey includes all permanent and temporary employees but does not include contractors or employees who work on a casual or as-required basis.

2 Further information on the new occupation classification is on the Statistics New Zealand website

www.stats.govt.nz/statistical-methods/classifications-and-related-statistical-standards/occupation/default.htm

3 The working days between the Christmas and New Year statutory holidays have tended to be designated as department days.

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