Chapter One

Executive summary

Size of the sector 2019

  • Census period FTE

    337,787

    +2.7% vs 2018

  • Employee headcount

    407,999

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

Public sector employment

  • Metro/regional

    40.4%

    of FTE are located in regional areas

  • Median salary

    $87,926

    +2.5% vs 2018

    Australian full-time adult average weekly earnings increased by 3.0%

  • Median tenure

    8.5 years

    76.2% of roles are ongoing

Public sector diversity

  • Women

    65.4%

    of employees, +0.3pp vs 2018

  • Female senior leaders

    40.3%

    of government sector, +1.6pp vs 2018

  • Disability

    2.5%

    of employees; no change from 2018

  • Median age

    44 years

    No change from 2018
    27.4% aged under 35
    24.3% aged 55 and over

  • English as a second language

    18.3%

    of employees, +0.2pp vs 2018

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    3.5%

    of employees, +0.2pp vs 2018

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior leaders

    98

    +11 vs 2018