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Salary and total cost by occupation in Public Service

Average salary levels vary across different occupation groups reflecting differences in job size, skills and responsibilities as shown in Table 3.5. Managers had the highest average salary, followed by Policy Analysts, ICT Professional and Technicians, and Legal, HR and Finance Professionals. Contact Centre Workers, and Clerical and Administrative workers had the lowest average salary.

Total salary cost by occupation group is calculated by multiplying the average salary for the group by the number of FTE staff in that group as shown in Table 3.5.

Table 3.5 Average salary and estimated total cost by occupation group 2015

HRC customised occupation groups

Average salary 2015

Salary change (%) 2014-2015

Number of employees (FTE) 2015

Employee change (%) 2014-2015

Total salary cost ($million)

Salary cost change (%) 2014-2015

Managers

$124,388

3.7%

5,290

0.2%

$658

3.9%

Policy Analysts

$93,666

2.4%

2,535

0.8%

$237

3.2%

Information Professionals

$78,612

1.4%

5,230

20.9%

$411

22.5%

Social, Health and Education Workers

$60,498

1.9%

8,399

-1.2%

$508

0.7%

ICT Professionals and Technicians

$86,673

3.1%

1,737

-3.9%

$151

-0.9%

Legal, HR and Finance Professionals

$86,447

1.3%

2,077

-1.6%

$180

-0.3%

Other Professionals not elsewhere included

$72,017

1.3%

2,256

-1.1%

$162

0.1%

Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

$57,598

2.2%

9,456

-2.4%

$545

-0.3%

Contact Centre Workers

$47,469

1.1%

4,070

-3.5%

$193

-2.4%

Clerical and Administrative Workers

$55,336

0.6%

3,971

-5.2%

$220

-4.7%

The Manager group is the largest cost in absolute dollar terms, at $658 million in 2015. This has increased by 3.9% since last year. The second largest cost is the Inspectors and Regulatory Officers group at $545 million, followed by the Social, Health and Education Workers at $508 million as shown in Figure 3.5. These three groups account for over half of Public Service employee numbers and salary costs.

Figure 3.5 Estimated salary cost by occupation group, June year 2012-2015

Figure 3.5 Estimated salary cost by occupation group, June year 2012-2015

The largest percentage increase in salary cost in 2015 is the Information Professionals group (up 22.5%). In contrast, two groups have had an overall salary cost decrease, including Clerical and Administrative Workers (down by 4.7%) and Contact Centre Workers (down by 2.4%), mainly due to decrease in employee numbers.

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