The New Zealand public sector employed around 353,000 people at 30 June 2015. This represents 15% of the total workforce. The public sector is separated into the State sector and Local Government as shown in Figure 1.1.
The State sector employed around 302,000 people, and can be further broken down into several sub-sectors. The broad Education sector (36%) is the largest, followed by the Health sector (23%), the Public Service (16%), State-owned Enterprises (11%) and the remaining 15% comprising the Police, the Defence Force and other Crown entities.
Figure 1.1 The public sector workforce (headcount), June 2015