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The Public Service

The Public Service (which comprises 29 government departments) is the main focus of this report, with extensive analysis on various aspects of its workforce.

Within the wider context of the State sector, the Public Service is a relatively small part at 16%, compared to the Education (36%) and Health (23%) sectors as shown in Figure 1.1.

Over the last 60 years, the Public Service workforce has ranged in size from a low of 30,000 people in 2000 to a peak of 72,000 people in 1987. These changes are influenced by functions moving into or out of the Public Service as well as changes within departments. Staffing trends in recent years are shown in Table 1.2 and Figure 1.3.

In the year to 30 June 2015, the number of FTE employees in the Public Service increased marginally by 0.1% (or +68) to 45,348. Staff numbers have remained relatively flat in the last 18 months.

Table 1.2 Public Service staff numbers, 30 June 2011 - 2015
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total Headcount 45,807 45,444 46,546 47,120 47,159
Total FTE employees 43,595 43,345 44,500 45,280 45,348
Annual change in FTE (%) -2.2 -0.6 2.7 1.8 0.1

Figure 1.3 Staff numbers in the Public Service and Core Administration

Figure 1.3 Staff numbers in the Public Service and Core Administration

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