Diversity

Ethnicity

Table 10 shows the representation of ethnic groups in the Public Service. After decreasing last year, the proportion of Māori remained flat, moving from 16.7% to 16.8% in 2007. The proportion of Pacific peoples increased slightly to 7.6% in 2007, while the proportion of Asian peoples continued to increase steadily. The Asian ethnic group was the fastest growing ethnic group in the Public Service during the 12 months to June 2007. In contrast, the European ethnic group continued to decrease with 76.3% of Public Servants identifying themselves as European (down from 82.5% in 2002).

Table 10. Representation of ethnic groups 7 in the Public Service, 2002-2007

                   
 

Ethnic group

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2006 Census

Māori

17.6%

17.6%

17.4%

17.5%

16.7%

16.8%

14.6%

Pacific peoples

6.8%

7.1%

7.1%

7.3%

7.4%

7.6%

6.9%

Asian peoples

3.6%

4.2%

4.7%

5.4%

5.9%

6.5%

9.2%

European (including New Zealand European)

82.5%

81.6%

79.4%

79.0%

77.5%

76.3%

67.6%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

0.3%

0.3%

0.4%

0.4%

0.5%

0.7%

0.9%

Other Ethnic Group (includes New Zealander from 2006)

1.2%

1.2%

1.4%

1.2%

3.5%

3.5%

11.2%

   

Women in the Public Service

Women comprise a higher proportion of the Public Service than of the labour force as a whole, at 59.2% as at 30 June 2007 (59.4% in 2006). The type of work in the Public Service may explain this high representation as many Public Service occupations (such as social worker, case worker and clerical staff) have high representation of women in the labour market. Appendix 2 shows the percentage of women in each department.

The age profile of men and women in the Public Service differs. The average age of women as at 30 June 2007 was 41.5 whereas the average age of men was 43.9. A higher proportion of women (18.3%) were aged 20-29 compared with men (13.4%).

Diversity in senior management

Table 11 shows that the proportion of senior managers who are Māori increased in the 2007 year to just over 9%. The proportion of senior managers who are women, Pacific people and Asian people were in line with 2006 figures.

Table 11. Diversity in senior management, 2002-2007

Group

2002

%

2003

%

2004

%

2005

%

2006

%

2007

%

Māori

10.4

10.3

10.1

8.3

8.2

9.1

Pacific peoples

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.7

1.7

1.7

Asian peoples

1.5

1.4

1.3

1.5

1.6

1.5

Women

35.5

35.1

36.2

35.6

37.7

37.8

Disability

Data from the 2006 Household Disability Survey (Statistics New Zealand) shows that 8% of employees in the Public Administration and Safety industry group had a disability, compared to 13% for all people aged 15 to 65 years. The Public Service represents just over half of staff numbers in the Public Administration and Safety industry group. Disability data has not been collected in the HRC survey since 2005.

 

7 Ethnicity is recorded and reported based on the Statistics New Zealand "Statistical Standard for Ethnicity 2005". People recording more than one ethnic group are double counted. Percentages in Table 10 are of those with a known ethnicity.

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