At a glance

Highlights from the State of the Public Sector Report 2015
With almost 330,000 full time equivalent employees, the NSW public sector is a vast and dynamic organisation that delivers essential services to the state’s approximately 7.5 million people. Those services include education, health, housing, family support, business advice, public transport, water supply, agriculture, environment, fire and emergency response, police, prisons and courts.
 
  • Number of employees in NSW (FTE)
    326,765
    Increase in number of nurses, teachers and police officers from June 2014 (FTE)
    2,199
    Decrease in number of employees from June 2014 (FTE)
    1,346
    Public sector as a percentage of all NSW employed persons
    10.6%
    Employees aged 55 and over
    24.4%
    Median age of public sector employees
    45 years
    Proportion of employees who are women
    63.3%
    Median salary for 2015
    $79,656
    Median salary for women
    $79,363
    Median salary for men
    $80,896
    Median length of service in agency
    9 years
    Proportion of public sector employees working outside Sydney
    38%
    Proportion of part-time employees
    27%
    Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
    3%
    Average sick leave taken annually (per FTE)
    61.4 hours
  • Cluster Number Percentage
    Health 108.847 33.3%
    Education 85,850 26.3%
    Justice 40,941 12.5%
    Industry 32.392 9.9
    Transport 25,329 7.8%
    Family & Community Services 16,839 5.2%
    Finance, Services & Innovation 7,202 2.2%
    Planning & Environment 5,252 1.6%
    Premier & Cabinet 2,045 0.6%
    Treasury 1,217 0.4%
    External to Government Sector 850 0.3%
    Total 326,765*  
  • Location Number of employees Percentage
    Sydney East 125,715 31.9%
    Western Sydney 101,946 25.9%
    Hunter Region 37,080 9.4%
    Western NSW 36,369 9.2%
    North Coast 29,624 7.5%
    Southern NSW 23,732 6.0%
    Illawarra 20,301 5.2%
    Central Coast 15,625 4.0%
    South Coast 3,366 0.9%
  • Under 35 years 99,230
    35-54 years 198,722
    55+ years 95,997
    Median age 45
    Largest single group 45-54
    Boomers: 50-69 years 55+ years
    *These proportions relate to headcount rather than FTE
  • Salary bracket % of the workforce (women) % of the workforce (men)
    $57,256 to <$97,883 65% 35%
    $97,883 to <$113,212 59% 41%
    $113,212 to <$146,499 47% 53%
    $146,499 to <$242,801 34% 66%
    $242,801 to <$305,401 32% 68%
    $305,401 & above 23% 77%
  • Government Sector Employees (2015) % of total (2015)
    Departments 43,188 13.2
    Public Service Executive Agencies 17,308 5.3
    Separate Public Service Agencies 3,319 1.0
    Total Public Service 63,815 19.5
    Teaching Service 63,949 19.6
    Health Service 108,031 33.1
    Police Force 19,781 6.1
    Transport Service 13,001 4.0
    Other Crown Services 39,866 12.2
    Total Government Sector 308,443 94.4
    State Owned Corporations 17,471 5.3
    External to Government Sector 850 0.3
    Total Public Sector (FTE) 326,765 100
  • Occupations No. of employees (2015 FTE) Median age Median salary ($) Women (%) Part time (non-casual) (%) Average sick leave (hours per FTE) Median tenure (years in agency)
    School teachers 63,274 43 93,138 75.5 26.3 58.5 13.7
    Nurses 44,331 43 79,656 86.9 37.7 66.6 7.5
    Clerical and administrative workers 42,270 48 65,764 75.2 21.0 64.7 7.9
    Police officers 16,157 38 81,470 27.3 6.7 54.2 11.5
    Labourers 11,812 51 43,934 49.0 30.3 73.6 9.3
    Medical practitioners 10,607 36 112,725 45.7 23.4 26.8 3.3
    Firefighters 3,967 43 79,897 5.8 0.6 70.9 13.9
    Ambulance officers 3,846 42 67,159 33.7 4.6 85.8 9.9
    Bus drivers 3,556 50 52,884 6.1 8.3 69.0 7.8
    Prison officers 3,271 46 67,341 22.5 1.0 100.7 12.8
    Residential care workers 3,134 49 59,819 63.0 51.8 87.8 8.1
    Aged or disabled carers 2,569 52 42,969 89.0 86.2 65.1 7.8
    Train drivers 1,840 45 70,960 6.9 0.7 75.7 11.4
    Total all staff 326,765 45 79,656 63.3 26.9 61.4 9.0
 
 
 
 

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