Public servant numbers jump under Labour

Now there’s a surprise…

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Stuff reports: quote.

After managers, the best paid jobs in the public service are policy analysts, new figures show.

The annual work force survey by the State Services Commission suggests it was a good time to look for work in the public service in the year to June, with job numbers up 5.2 per cent, and salaries up an average 3.3 per cent, to an average $77,900.

And while average salaries vary widely depending on occupation, some positions are more lucrative than others. end quote.

That is only until June. The Coalition of Losers had been in power for less than 9 months by then. quote.

In June 2018, the average salary was highest for managers ($136,300), followed by policy analysts ($99,400), ICT professionals and technicians ($93,400), legal, HR and finance professionals ($90,600) and information professionals ($84,600).

There was also wide variation between departments – excluding chief executives, salaries ranged from $67,800 at the Ministry of Justice, to $141,200 at the Pike River Recovery Agency. end quote.

That will make you mad, taxpayers. $141,200 for someone in the total waste of taxpayers money that is the Pike River Recovery Agency.

I mean – remind me what exactly it is we are going to recover? quote.

Some of the biggest changes reflected technology changes and shifting Government priorities – staff numbers at the Oranga?Tamariki-Ministry for Children were up 559, while the Department of Corrections added 435 jobs and the Ministry of Justice added 392. end quote.

An extra 392 workers to keep people out of jail, huh? quote.

Women in senior management roles continues to increase, now at 49 per cent – up from 48?per cent last year and 38?per cent in 2008. Women represent 61?per cent of public service employees, which has remained about the same since 2014. The gender pay gap continued to shrink for the third consecutive year, down from 18.6?per cent in 2000 and 12.5?per cent last year to 12.2?per cent in 2018. end quote.

So we have reached gender equality, if not pay equality – although I always assume that women in senior roles ask for a salary that suits them – only to then complain because a man somewhere is earning more.? quote.

The increase in public servants increased Asian and Pacific diversity. However, the ethnic pay gap is not improving, with M?ori, Pacific and Asian ethnicities under-represented in the top tiers of management and over-represented in lower paid occupations. end quote.

Asians at least are often well represented in the private sector, however, so maybe they simply do not generally favour government roles? Just like there are not a lot of female drainlayers.? quote.

Hughes said while the survey reported the lowest gender pay gap in the Public Service since measurement began 18 years ago, the rate of decrease in the last year was the slowest since 2015.

“We need to redouble our efforts in this area and we are.” end quote.

That makes no sense. The gender pay gap is the lowest ever recorded, but he is upset that the rate of decrease is now slowing. That was bound to happen. Even if it turns the other way, and women earn more, it is still a gender pay gap although? I guarantee it will not be seen that way.

What saddens me most about this article is that these results are only to the end of June, which is 6 months ago now. All Labour governments always end up with a burgeoning government sector, but this is the fastest increase on record.

Once again, it seems to me that this government has literally just picked up where the Helen Clark government left off. All the paperwork and policy documents must have been sitting in a vault somewhere waiting for the Fairy Princess to find the key, and …Poof! Here we are! Back to the future. Again.

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