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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Tassie public service booms

The Mercury: Tassie public service booms [24nov05]

TASMANIA'S public service workforce grew by more than 2000, or nearly 9 per cent, last year.

More than 27,000 people were employed in State Government agencies in June, up from about 24,800, the annual report of the State Service Commissioner says.

In full-time equivalent terms, 21,615 people were employed, up from 20,646.

More than half the employees earned a salary of between $30,000 and $70,000.

Just more than 30 per cent earned from $30,000 to $40,000.

One-quarter of staff were on a salary between $60,000 and $70,000.

A little over 2 per cent earned more than $100,000 a year, while a similar proportion earned less than $30,000.

The biggest department was education where almost 8095 full-time equivalents, or 10,931 individuals, worked.

That compared with 7955 and 9943 in Health and Human Services.

No other department came close. The next biggest was 1252 in the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.

And DHHS had by far the biggest growth, with an extra 624 full-time equivalents, compared with an extra 316 for education.

Of 27,034 employees, about two-thirds, or 18,268, were women, and 8769 were men.

The commissioner said the growth in health was attributable to several factors including the transfer of the Mersey Community Hospital to the DHHS.

More staffing in Child and Family Services to deal with abuse, and more staff to deal with Safe at Home and Mental Health Services were among other increases.

In education, the increase of 315 full-time equivalents was mostly due to Adult Education moving to TAFE and more resources to schools for the new Essential Learnings curriculum.

Almost 95 per cent of women and 86 per cent of men earned between $30,000 and $70,000, while 3 per cent of women and 12 per cent of men earned $70,000 or more.


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