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|
|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|
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.