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Changing pathways of new tier two leaders

The new prototype HRC-IDI dataset (see insert at end of this chapter) also shows that mobility in senior leadership has increased over the past five years. The prototype data in Figure 2.4 shows where tier two leaders were employed three years previously. For example, of those that were tier two leaders in 2004, 51% were a tier two at the same department three years earlier, 20% were at the same department but below tier two level, 13% were at another public service department, 6% were working in the wider public sector, 8% were working in the private sector and 3% were overseas or were not employed three years earlier.

Figure 2.4 Where tier two leaders were three years earlier

Figure 2.4 Where tier two leaders were three years earlier

The pattern for the 2009 tier two cohort was fairly similar to the 2004 cohort, except for an increase in those who had been promoted internally and those who were employed in the wider public sector.

However, there were some larger changes for the 2014 cohort, with a drop in the proportion who had been a tier two at the same agency three years earlier. All other pathways increased their share in 2014, with the largest increase being the doubling in share of tier two leaders who were employed in another public service department three years ago. This indicates much greater movement in tier two leaders around the Public Service in recent years.

Note that further analysis shows that this change in cohort pathways between 2004/09 and 2014 was not the result of major restructurings such as the creation of MBIE.

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