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Regional State sector workforce

At the broader State sector level comparable 2015 workforce data by region is not available on the same basis as for the Public Service as they are outside the scope of the HRC survey. However, the 2013 Census data (from Statistics New Zealand) provides a useful snapshot of regional State sector workforce.

At the 2013 Census (3 March), there were 296,100 people employed in the State sector (this is slight lower that the 30 June 2013 estimate total of 297,625 provided in Table 1.1, partly due to undercount at the Census and different dates of both measures). Auckland region had the largest proportion of the State sector workforce at 28.2% (or 83,400 people), followed by Wellington (19.9%), Canterbury (12.7%) and Waikato (8.9%) as shown in Figure 1.5. These four regions accounted for almost 70% of the state sector workforce.

Figure 1.5 Regional share of State sector workforce, 2013 Census

Figure 1.5 Regional share of State sector workforce, 2013 Census

Table 1.6 provides additional information on the distribution of State sector workforce across the five sub-sectors within each region. For most regions the Education sector was the largest employer, followed by the Health Sector. These two sectors accounted for over half of each region's State sector workforce, with the exception of Wellington region, where the Public Service being the largest sector. Other crown agencies were also significant employers in Wellington, Manawatu- Wanganui and Marlborough regions, accounted for over 20% of the State sector workforce in each of these regions. State-owned Enterprises were also relatively significant employers in Marlborough and the West Coast regions, accounted for 18% and 17% of their State sector workforce respectively.

Table 1.6 Regional State sector workforce, 2013 Census (3 March)
Regional council areas Distribution by region Distribution across sub-sectors within each region (%)
State sector employees Regional share (%) Education sector Health sector Public Service Other crown agencies State-owned enterprises Total

Auckland

83,400

28.2%

39%

22%

11%

15%

13%

100%

Wellington

59,100

19.9%

23%

12%

31%

23%

11%

100%

Canterbury

37,500

12.7%

36%

24%

14%

13%

13%

100%

Waikato

26,300

8.9%

40%

22%

16%

9%

12%

100%

Manawatu-Wanganui

18,800

6.3%

39%

18%

14%

22%

7%

100%

Otago

15,100

5.1%

48%

17%

12%

9%

14%

100%

Bay of Plenty

14,800

5.0%

44%

25%

13%

11%

6%

100%

Hawke's Bay

8,900

3.0%

46%

25%

14%

9%

6%

100%

Northland

8,600

2.9%

44%

22%

16%

11%

5%

100%

Taranaki

5,400

1.8%

47%

27%

11%

8%

8%

100%

Southland

5,000

1.7%

45%

23%

14%

8%

10%

100%

Nelson

3,200

1.1%

37%

32%

11%

8%

12%

100%

Gisborne

2,700

0.9%

48%

28%

13%

8%

4%

100%

Marlborough

2,600

0.9%

32%

19%

10%

21%

18%

100%

West Coast

2,400

0.8%

32%

30%

13%

7%

17%

100%

Tasman

2,400

0.8%

47%

22%

14%

9%

8%

100%

All Regions

296,100

100.0%

37%

20%

17%

15%

11%

100%

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