Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2007: Working Better
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES REPORT
The equal employment opportunities (EEO) focus through to 2010 is to ensure that the Department's staff profile closely reflects the proportion of EEO groups in the labour force. The Department asks new appointees to voluntarily provide EEO information, and 88.5 per cent of staff have responded.
Currently 60 per cent of staff are women, which represents a steady increase since 2001 when women made up 55.1 per cent of staff.
43 per cent of women work in client/field roles, which is where 48.3 per cent of the men work. 47 per cent of managers are women, a percentage which has been increasing steadily. Women hold 57.1 per cent of the technical/professional roles within the Department and represent 83 per cent of the support roles.
The median salary for women in the Department is 91.7 per cent of the male median salary. The difference is because of the occupational distribution of women in jobs where the female median salary is below the Department's median salary. The current figure is an increase on that for last year which was 90.9 per cent.
The EEO focus to 2010 is to ensure that Māori will increasingly comprise a critical mass in the Department, in order to build Public Service capability. This critical mass is seen to be about 15 per cent of staff.
Currently, with Māori representing seven per cent of onshore staff, or 6.3 per cent of all staff, the Department is below the target and is developing a Māori strategy to address the matter. Māori staff work predominantly in the Workforce and Workplace Groups. 69 per cent of Māori staff at the Department are women.
Māori staff work in three main roles - client/field job (48.7 per cent), technical/professional (14.9 per cent) and support (14.9 per cent). 21 Māori staff are managers, representing 7.4 per cent of managers. The under-representation of Māori in policy roles (1.5 per cent of policy staff) continues to be a matter of concern.
The EEO focus to 2010 is to ensure that the proportion of Pacific staff more closely reflects the proportion of Pacific peoples in the labour force. The Department estimates this to be about seven per cent.
Currently, 6.3 per cent of the Department's staff are Pacific peoples, a decrease from 9.4 per cent in 2001. The Workforce Group employs almost all the Pacific staff (79 per cent). 77 per cent of Pacific staff are women.
The majority of Pacific staff (61.7 per cent) are in client/field roles, with a further 18 per cent in support roles and 9.8 per cent in technical/professional roles. 12 Pacific peoples are managers, representing 5.4 per cent of managers. Less than one per cent of policy staff are Pacific peoples.
Other ethnic groups
Currently, 35.4 per cent of the Department's staff are from ethnic groups other than Māori, Pacific or Pākehā/European. The number of Department staff from other ethnic groups has been increasing steadily. The Workforce Group employs over two-thirds of staff from other ethnic groups. 62 per cent of staff from other ethnic groups are women, one percent more than last year.
The largest group of staff from other ethnic groups (43.1 per cent) is in client/field roles, with a further 24 per cent in technical/professional roles. 70 are managers, representing 26.5 per cent of managers. About 32.5 per cent of policy staff are from other ethnic groups.
People with a disability
The EEO focus to 2010 is to have the proportion of staff with a disability reflect the proportion of people with a disability in the workforce. The Department estimates this at about 12 per cent.
Currently, 3.7 per cent of staff have told us they have a disability. This is a smaller percentage than 2001, when the comparable figure was 6.9 per cent. Just under half of those with a recorded disability are women.
81 per cent of staff with a disability are aged 40 or over, a slight increase on last year's 80 per cent. 43 per cent of staff with a disability are in client contact/field roles, and 20.8 per cent are in technical/professional areas, while 11.1 per cent are in support roles. 21 per cent are in management.