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State Services Commission staff the highest paid

The average salary for staff at the State Services Commission is higher than at any other government department, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Union. This morning’s Dominion Post reported the Commission staff earn an average of more than $113,000 a year - $45,000 more than the public sector average.

Frontline orientated groups such as the NZ Customs Service ($60,209) and the Department of Corrections ($60,630) have significantly lower salaries when compared to the management-heavy Ministry of Women’s Affairs ($104,586) and Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs ($90, 887).

Instead of rewarding those on the front line, the Government appears to be making those in Wellington most comfortable. How can, for example, the Ministry of Women's Affairs and the SSC justify higher average salaries than both Foreign Affairs and the Serious Fraud Office?

In light of the recent blunders by the State Services Commission, Paula Bennett should be asking some serious questions as to whether taxpayers are receiving value for money from those who are supposed to be promoting an efficient public service.

Over the flip is the list of government departments and average salaries (access by clicking 'read more').

Average Salary as at 30 June for 2013, by department

Department Average Salary 2013 ($)
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority 101281
Crown Law Office 106961
Department of Conservation 63420
Department of Corrections 60630
Department of Internal Affairs 71944
Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet 90945
Education Review Office 84799
Inland Revenue Department 66682
Land Information New Zealand 78936
Ministry for Culture & Heritage 83817
Ministry for Primary Industries 79228
Ministry for the Environment 86637
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 76283
Ministry of Defence 107528
Ministry of Education 69150
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade 98117
Ministry of Health 86282
Ministry of Justice 62617
Ministry of Maori Development 81809
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs 90887
Ministry of Social Development 62107
Ministry of Transport 96083
Ministry of Women's Affairs 104586
NZ Customs Service 60209
Public Service average 68561
Serious Fraud Office 100353
State Services Commission 113431
Statistics New Zealand 71394
The Treasury 107225

Source: Human Resource Capability Survey, State Services Commission Data only includes base salary information, and excludes all other components of remuneration packages, such as superannuation, performance payments and allowances, and non-monetary benefits. This limits cross agency comparison because remuneration packages are often more complicated than just the base salary component.


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