Public sector workers increase by 2,500 or 4.1%

Public sector workers increase by 2,500 or 4.1%
After recent staff reductions, public service numbers bounced back in the latest data. (Image: NZME)
Ian Llewellyn
The public service workforce grew 4.1% or 2,582 full-time equivalent staff in the six months to December.The latest Public Service Commission (PSC) data comes after a succession of headlines and stories about cuts and job losses across the sector as the new government seeks to shrink costs.The PSC said there were 65,699 full-time equivalent (FTEs) staff at Dec 31 2023, up from 63,117 FTEs in June 2023.The period covers the last months of the Labour government and the National-led coalition coming into power.Among the big increases were:The Mini...

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