Executive Summary

This paper provides a summary of workforce statistics on the Public Service 1 , as at 30 June 2008. The paper covers five main topics: staff numbers, recruitment and retention, pay and benefits, diversity, and leave.

Public Service employment increases. In the 12 months to 30 June 2008, the number of public servants increased by 3.6% to 45,934. This is the smallest percentage increase over the past eight years. Twenty-two departments had staff increases over the year, down from 26 in the previous year.

Superannuation. Significantly more public servants are contributing to a superannuation scheme, primarily due to the introduction of KiwiSaver. As at 30 June 2008, 58% of public servants were members of an employer subsidised scheme (51% in 2007).

Women in Senior Management. Over the year to 30 June 2008, the proportion of women in the top three tiers of management increased to 38.3% (from 37.8% in 2007). While representation of women in senior management is improving, this proportion is still significantly lower than the proportion of women employed in the Public Service (59%).

Pay and Benefits. As at 30 June 2008, the median salary in the Public Service was $51,000, and over the 12 months to 30 June 2008 the average salary rose by 5.1% to $59,532. Statistics New Zealand's Labour Cost Index shows that over the past five years, the change in salary and wage rates for the Public Service has been lower than that in the Health and Education sectors and similar to that in the private sector.

Turnover. During the year to 30 June 2008, core unplanned turnover increased to 15% (from 14% in 2007). The core unplanned turnover rate increased in 25 of the 35 departments. The occupations with the highest turnover rates were call or contact centre operators, human resource advisors and managers, and public relations professionals.

Sick and Domestic Leave. The average amount of sick and domestic leave taken increased to 7.3 days (from 6.5 in 2007). This is the highest value recorded since 2003 when the data was first collected. Twenty-three of the 35 departments showed an increase in the average number of days taken.

1 The Public Service covers those departments listed in the First Schedule of the State Sector Act 1988. There were 35 departments as at 30 June 2008 and these are listed in Appendix 1.

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