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Women in the Public Service

The proportion of women in the Public Service continued to increase to 60.5% at 30 June 2015 (compared with 47.0% in the overall New Zealand workforce). This is the highest proportion recorded, up from 60.2% in 2014, and 56.2% in 2000. The type of work in the Public Service may partly explain this high representation as many Public Service occupations such as ‘social workers', ‘case workers' and ‘clerical and administration workers' have a high representation of women in the wider labour market. The proportion of women in each Public Service department is shown in Appendix 2.

Table 4.1 shows how female representation varies across occupational groups. Women's representation in management has been increasing slowly over the past 5 years, and has reached 52.5% in 2015. It also shows that women are more heavily represented in social, health and education roles, as well as contact centre and clerical/administrative roles whilst being under represented in ICT and Inspector/Regulatory roles, although representation in the latter roles has increased over the past five years.

Table 4.1 Women representation in occupational groups, 30 June 2011-2015
HRC customised occupation groups 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Managers

48.8%

49.5%

51.0%

51.3%

52.5%

Policy Analysts

55.1%

55.0%

54.5%

56.2%

55.6%

Information Professionals

57.8%

58.5%

59.6%

59.7%

60.6%

Social, Health and Education Workers

75.2%

75.3%

75.6%

75.6%

75.7%

ICT Professionals and Technicians

30.9%

31.3%

31.9%

31.9%

32.3%

Legal, HR and Finance Professionals

62.0%

61.6%

60.0%

60.8%

61.4%

Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

41.6%

41.5%

43.1%

44.9%

45.2%

Contact Centre Workers

75.9%

76.4%

76.4%

77.0%

76.2%

Clerical and Administrative Workers

80.2%

80.6%

82.2%

81.2%

82.2%

Other Occupations

44.3%

47.5%

48.2%

47.9%

46.4%

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