1 Executive summary

Size of the sector 2018

  • Census period FTE

    329,005

    +0.9% vs. 2017

  • Employee headcount

    396,243

    9.8% of all NSW employed persons are NSW public sector employees

Public sector employment

  • Metro/regional

    39.7%

    of FTE are located in regional areas

  • Median salary

    $85,782

    +2.5% vs. 2017

    Note: Australian full-time adult average weekly earnings increased by 2.6%

  • Median tenure

    9.0 yrs

    76.8% of roles are ongoing

Public sector diversity

  • Women

    65.1%

    of employees, +0.3pp vs. 2017

  • Female senior leaders

    38.7%

    of government sector, +1.3pp vs. 2017

  • Disability

    2.5%

    of employees, -0.2pp vs. 2017

  • Median age

    44 yrs

    26.7% aged under 35
    24.5% aged 55 and over
    -1 year vs. 2017

  • English as a second language

    18.1%

    of employees, -0.3pp vs. 2017

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    3.3%

    of employees, +0.1pp vs. 2017

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander senior leaders

    87

    +16 vs. 2017