Average recreation leave hours taken per FTE decreased by 0.8 hours in 2021. This was largely driven by reduced leave in the NSW Health Service (-7.3 hours to 156.2 hours per FTE). Decreases occurred across most Local Health Districts and large Health agencies, highlighting the impact of the pandemic on this service.
All other public sector services had an increase in average recreation leave hours taken per FTE in 2021, compared to decreases in 2020, although levels remain below those seen in earlier years. The NSW Police Force experienced the largest increase, at 6.1 hours per FTE (up from 195.3 hours in 2020), due to the active management of excess recreation leave balances.
In the Public Service, average recreation leave taken per FTE increased by 4.7 hours. More than 60% of agencies within the Public Service had an increase.
The increase in Other Crown services occurred across the majority of agencies, with the largest contributors being the Treasury Corporation (+28.2 hours) and NSW Trains (+10.5 hours).
Table 10.5: Average recreation leave hours by service, 2019–21
||2019 hours per FTE
||2020 hours per FTE
||2021 hours per FTE
||Change (hours) 2021 vs 2020
|NSW Health Service
|NSW Police Force
|Other Crown services
|Total government sector
|Total public sector