Redundancies are a part of staff turnover that agencies have planned for. In the year to 30 June 2015, 380 employees in the Public Service were made redundant (down from 440 in 2014). The average redundancy payment decreased to $49,382 (from $55,825 in 2014). The total cost of redundancy decreased by 23.6% to $18.8 million (from to $24.6 million in 2014). Table 3.8 shows the number and total cost of redundancies in the Public Service have been decreasing since 2011.
The redundancies in 2015 were spread across 21 agencies, as shown in Figure 3.7. About 41% occurred in two agencies (MBIE and Justice). Most of the redundancies were due to agencies reviewing their operational and workforce requirement.
|Number of redundancies||888||764||696||440||380|
|Average payment ($)||45,728||50,650||47,696||55,825||49,382|
|Total cost of redundancy payments ($ millions)||40.6||38.7||33.2||24.6||18.8|
Figure 3.7 Redundancies by department, June year 2015