26 Dec 2020

13% rise in cost of public servants' salaries

3:33 pm on 26 December 2020

Taxpayers have stumped up an extra $550 million to pay public-sector employees in the last year.

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All up, 1247 public servants are earning more than $200,000 a year - a 5 percent rise on the previous year. Photo: 123RF

That was a 13 percent rise in just one year.

In the last financial year a further 62 public service staff were paid salaries of more than $200,000, representing a 5 percent increase.

Altogether, 1247 staff now earn above that amount.

Over the last decade the total cost of salaries in the public sector has gone up by 69 percent, to $4.84 billion.

The average salary is now $84,500, up four percent on the year before.

The job category that cost the most was management.

However, the number of people earning $400,000 a year almost halved - from 30 to 16.

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