Information about the number of people working in different occupations across the Public Service

Latest findings from the SSC’s Human Resource Capability Survey as at 30 June 2015:

Staff numbers by Occupation

  • In 2015, over 45,000 Public Service staff were employed in 29 departments providing a wide range of services including social welfare, health, education, employment, business, industry, security, taxation, corrections, transport, etc.
  • Their work spreads across 255 different occupations which are divided into ten broad occupation groups as shown in the table below. The two largest groups are “Inspectors and Regulatory Officers” and “Social, Health and Education Workers” which account for 39% of the Public Service workforce.

Public Service Employees (FTE) by occupation group, 30 June 2011-2015

HRC Occupational Groups 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Managers 5,050 5,172 5,120 5,281 5,290
Policy Analysts 2,603 2,624 2,760 2,514 2,535
Information Professionals 3,333 3,530 3,956 4,327 5,230
Social, Health and Education Workers 8,078 7,992 8,330 8,502 8,399
ICT Professionals and Technicians 1,738 1,677 1,794 1,807 1,737
Legal, HR and Finance Professionals 2,075 2,182 2,202 2,111 2,077
Other Professionals not elsewhere included 1,813 1,660 1,938 2,282 2,256
Inspectors and Regulatory Officers 9,334 9,234 9,480 9,688 9,456
Contact Centre Workers 4,426 4,361 4,154 4,217 4,070
Clerical and Administrative Workers 4,821 4,565 4,393 4,191 3,971
Other 324 347 373 361 327
Total 43,595 43,345 44,500 45,280 45,348

 

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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.

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