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Ethnic diversity in the Public Service

The ethnic diversity of the Public Service workforce over the last five years is shown in Table 4.5. The ethnic composition of the Public Service broadly resembles that of the New Zealand working-age population, based on the Household Labour Force Survey information from Statistics NZ.

In 2015, the European group remained the largest group in the Public Service at 70.6%. The proportion of European staff has been decreasing over the past 5 years, while the proportion of Asian staff is increasing. The proportion of Māori and Pacific staff has remained about the same. The increase in Asian staff is particularly pronounced in Auckland, as described in the challenge for Auckland section.

Table 4.5 Representation of ethnic groups in the Public Service, 30 June 2011-2015
 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

New Zealand working- age population (2015)

Māori (%)

16.4

16.4

16.5

16.6

16.4

12.9

Pacific people (%)

7.6

8.0

7.7

8.0

8.0

5.8

Asian (%)

7.4

7.0

7.6

8.2

8.5

11.7

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African (%)

1.0

1.1

1.2

1.1

1.0

1.0

European (%)

72.5

73.1

72.0

70.7

70.6

74.1

 

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