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Diversity in senior leadership

The figures for diversity in senior leadership are shown in Table 2.2 below. Because of the relatively low turnover in tier 1, 2 and 3 roles, the ethnic and gender composition of senior leaders does not change much year on year. The trend over time is more important. The proportion of women in senior leadership roles has been increasing over the last decade. As at 30 June 2015, the percentage of women in senior management is 44.2%, up from 39.6% in 2011. If the trend of the last 5 years continues, the Public Service will reach 50% female representation in senior leadership by 2021.

There has been less of an increase in ethnic diversity in senior leadership and Māori, Pacific and Asian ethnicities are still under-represented compared to the overall Public Service workforce. There has been an increase in the proportion of Pacific senior leaders, from 1.8% in 2014 to 2.6% in 2015.

Table 2.2 Diversity in senior leadership, 30 June 2011–2015
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Public Service workforce (2105)

Women

39.6%

42.1%

41.5%

42.0%

44.2%

60.5%

Māori

9.2%

9.6%

11.2%

12.0%

11.1%

16.4%

Pacific people

1.6%

1.7%

1.8%

1.8%

2.6%

8.0%

Asian

1.9%

2.6%

2.3%

2.4%

2.1%

8.5%

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