More than three-quarters of public sector employees in 2021 were ongoing employees (75.3%). Temporary employees accounted for 17.1% of the public sector workforce, an increase of 0.2pp from the previous year. These two categories account for more than 9 in 10 public sector employees.
Annual FTE for ongoing employees increased by 7,150 across the public sector in 2021. All services in the government sector had increases in ongoing annual FTE. The most significant growth was in the Public Service and NSW Health Service, with increases of 2,493 (4.9%) and 1,505 (1.6%), respectively.
Table 4.2: Public sector employment categories comparison, annual FTE, 2020–21
The annual FTE also increased for employees who were temporary (+2,846 FTE or 5.0%) and casual (+1,310 FTE or 8.3%) in 2021.
The largest increases were in the Health Service, with the number of temporary employees rising by 2,021 FTE (11.4%), including 1,000 additional Nursing Professionals and Medical Practitioners. The increase in their casual employees (+1,106 FTE or 17.6%) was mainly among Personal Carers and Assistants (+285 FTE or 28.1%) and Midwifery and Nursing Professionals (+249 FTE or 9.7%).
The second-highest contributor to an increase in temporary employment was the Teaching Service (+1,001 or 5.3%), largely due to the COVID Intensive Learning Support Program. There was also an increase in casual Education Aids in schools (+551 FTE or 60%) in Other Crown Services.