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Staff numbers by occupation

Occupational information within the Public Service is collected using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). A set of HRC customised occupational groups is used to report on occupations in the Public Service. A breakdown of the most common occupations in these customised groups is provided in Appendix 5. Table 1.3 shows FTE staff numbers by occupational group for the last five years.

In 2015, over 45,000 Public Service staff were employed in 29 departments which provide a wide range of services including social welfare, health, education, employment, business, industry, security, taxation, corrections, transport, etc. Their work spreads across 255 different occupations which are divided into ten broad occupation groups as shown in Table 1.3. The two largest groups are "Inspectors and Regulatory Officers" and "Social, Health and Education Workers" which account for 39% of the Public Service workforce.

Table 1.3 FTE staff numbers by occupation group, 30 June 2011–2015

HRC Occupational Groups

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

% change 2011-2015

Managers

5,050

5,172

5,120

5,281

5,290

4.7%

Policy Analysts

2,603

2,624

2,760

2,514

2,535

-2.6%

Information Professionals

3,333

3,530

3,956

4,327

5,230

56.9%

Social, Health and Education Workers

8,078

7,992

8,330

8,502

8,399

4.0%

ICT Professionals and Technicians

1,738

1,677

1,794

1,807

1,737

-0.1%

Legal, HR and Finance Professionals

2,075

2,182

2,202

2,111

2,077

0.1%

Other Professionals not elsewhere included

1,813

1,660

1,938

2,282

2,256

24.4%

Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

9,334

9,234

9,480

9,688

9,456

1.3%

Contact Centre Workers

4,426

4,361

4,154

4,217

4,070

-8.1%

Clerical and Administrative Workers

4,821

4,565

4,393

4,191

3,971

-17.6%

Other

324

347

373

361

327

0.9%

Total

43,595

43,345

44,500

45,280

45,348

4.0%

Over the four-year period, 2011-2015, there has been a steady increase in Information Professionals (56.9%) and steady decrease in Clerical and Administrative Workers (-17.6%).

In 2015, eight of the eleven occupational groups have increased in size. Information Professionals increased by 21%, while Managers (+0.1%) and Policy Analysts (+0.8%) had small increases in size. The increase in the Information Professionals occurred largely in two agencies (MBIE and MSD), partly due to changes in the use of ANZSCO codes.

While these occupational groups have been collected on the same basis each year, departments periodically review their occupation codes to ensure that the most appropriate codes are used. This can impact on the growth pattern of different occupation groups. More detailed descriptions of the different occupation groups are given in Appendix 5.

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