Leave

Annual leave and department day entitlements

The proportion of full-time permanent Public Service employees receiving 25 days or more annual leave as at 30 June 2008 was 43% (42% in 2007). This follows a sharp increase between 2006 and 2007, following legislative changes which increased the minimum statutory annual leave entitlement. Refer to Table 14 below for annual leave entitlements since 2003.

Table 14. Annual leave entitlements, 2003-2008 (% of permanent full-time staff 24 )

                 
 

Annual leave entitlement (%)

Total leave entitlement 25 (%)

 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2007

2008

Less than 20 days

30

31

23

12

0

0

0

0

20 days

44

45

39

48

35

32

16

12

Over 20 and less than 25 days

16

15

18

12

23

25

34

36

25 days

5

4

15

24

29

32

30

35

Over 25 days

5

5

5

4

13

11

20

18

This is the second year that the HRC has collected information on department day entitlements. As at 30 June 2008, 57% of employees did not receive any departmental day entitlement (60% in 2007), and 37% of employees received three or more days entitlement (35% in 2007).

When annual leave and departmental day entitlements are added together, 53% of permanent full time public service staff were entitled to 25 days or more leave per year.

Sick leave taken

In the year to 30 June 2008, full time permanent employees took an average of 7.3 days of sick and domestic leave. This is the highest average number of days recorded since the data was first collected in 2003 (see Table 15). Between 2003 and 2007 the average number of days taken had been stable, ranging between 6.5 and 6.9 days. Of the 35 Public Service departments, 23 showed an increase in the amount of sick and domestic leave taken this year.

Table 15. Sick and domestic leave taken, 2003-2008

 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Average sick and domestic leave taken (days)

6.9

6.7

6.5

6.6

6.5

7.3

Parental leave

As at 30 June 2008, there were 673 employees on parental leave, of whom 657 were female and 16 male (2007 figures were 605 total, 589 females and 16 males).

During the year to 30 June 2008, 722 employees completed a period of parental leave and 78 of these employees were men. The average length of parental leave for women was 219 calendar days (approximately seven months) compared with 50 calendar days for men.

A high proportion of employees who had recently returned from parental leave worked less than full-time as at 30 June 2008. Of the 644 women who returned from parental leave during the year, 41% worked less than full-time, compared to 17% among all women in the Public Service.

24 Part-time staff are excluded because their leave entitlements can be affected by the number of days worked (for example 8 days entitlement for an employee working 2 days per week). Annual leave entitlement data has been collected since 2003.

25 Total leave entitlement has two components: annual leave and department days. Department days traditionally cover the working days between Christmas and New Year.

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