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Information in this report comes primarily from the HRC survey, which collects payroll data on staff in all 29 Public Service departments. The survey has been conducted annually since the year 2000. The SSC has a statutory role of employing Public Service chief executives and reviewing their performance. The HRC survey provides insights into performance from a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) perspective.

This report provides information about characteristics and trends within the Public Sector, and provides an extra level of analysis of the Public Service in the five main topic areas:

  • Workforce
  • Career
  • Remuneration
  • Diversity
  • Workplace.

The survey data is a resource for agencies to use in benchmarking themselves with other agencies, sectors and the Public Service as a whole. HRC information also feeds into university research, parliamentary questions, international benchmarks on government performance, policy advice and is an example of the Public Service's commitment to open government.

Technical aspects of the survey

The survey collects employee and organisational level information from departments. The survey covers permanent and fixed-term staff. The database of information is managed by the Strategic Information team within the State Services Commission, which holds information on Public Service employment dating back to 1913. Information on the survey structure, definitions, and contact details are available on the SSC website: .

HRC reporting and capping reporting

This report complements the Capping of Core Government Administration update on the total number of positions (FTE staff numbers plus vacancy numbers) in the Core Government Administration group, and the number of communication staff in each department. For the full capping report, see

There is a significant overlap between the staff covered by the cap on Core Government Administration and staff in the Public Service. The diagram below highlights the overlaps and differences between these two groups.

Core Government Administration and the Public Service

Core Government Administration of the Public Service

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