Information about the numbers of staff in government agencies
Latest findings from the SSC’s Human Resource Capability Survey as at 30 June 2015:
Number of employees
- The total number of employees in the Public Service increased slightly by 0.1% to 45,348 in the year to 30 June 2015.
- The number of full time equivalent (FTE) positions in Core Government Administration remains below the Government assigned cap at 35,632. This is a decrease of 474 positions since 31 December 2014. See the Minister of State Services’ press release about this update.
- The wider State sector now makes up 13% of New Zealand’s total workforce. In the last year, the size of the State sector increased by 0.6%, the health sector by 2.4%, the education sector by 3.0%, the total public sector by 0.8% and the private sector by 3.4%.
- See the 'Public Sector Workforce' section in the Human Resource Capability report.
To find out more about the State sector workforce there are more detailed reports available for download:
- A summary of the State sector workforce information including remuneration as at 30 June 2015 (PDF)
- The State Services Commission's 2015 Human Resources Capability Survey as at 30 June 2015
- Update on the cap on Core Government Administration as at 30 June 2015
- The 2014/15 Report on remuneration received by State sector chief executives
The findings relate to different parts of the State sector. A definition of the government agencies that are included in the Public Service v State sector are available on our website.