December 09, 2020
Ethnic pay gap moving in right direction
Māori public servants are paid on average 9.3 percent less than their peers, but the gap is improving.
Last year the Māori pay gap was 9.9 percent, according to the latest public service workforce data survey.
The gender pay gap is 9.6 percent, the lowest it has been since the survey started in 2000, and women make up half of public service chief executives, up from 43 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2014, and hold 53.2 percent of senior management roles.
The average age of a public servant is 44.2 years.
The average annual salary for a public servant in 2020 was $84,500, up from $81,300 last year.
Public Service Commissioner, Peter Hughes, says this year’s data reflects the Public Service’s need to respond to an increase in demand for services, unforeseen events and new priorities including implementing the Government’s COVID-19 response and recovery effort.
That meant an 8.6 percent increase in the number of full-time equivalent employees to 57, 149, up 4521 on a year ago.
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