6 May 2024

Voluntary redundancies at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment bring its tally of job losses to 341

3:14 pm on 6 May 2024
Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

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The latest round of voluntary redundancies at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has lifted RNZ's count of public sector job cuts to more than 4000.

The ministry - which employs 6650 staff - accepted an additional 59 voluntary redundancies last week, bringing its total job losses to 341 full-time positions.

If you have been affected by job cuts at MBIE contact Bill.hickman@rnz.co.nz

In January, Finance Minister Nicola Willis directed ministries and agencies to slash expenditure to help reduce annual public service spending by $1.5 billion.

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Agencies where full-time positions had grown by more than 50 percent since 2017 were directed to cut costs by at least 7.5 percent, while others were tasked with saving 6.5 percent.

Cuts were also being made beyond the core public sector, with losses at Crown entities such as WorkSafe and Callaghan Innovation, and Crown research institute NIWA.

MBIE previously confirmed 286 jobs were going, or had already gone, with some of cuts already in place ahead of Willis' announcements, while others happened during a round of voluntary redundancies in March.

MBIE deputy secretary Richard Griffiths said the ministry was taking a "measured approach" to workforce reduction to deliver the Government's work programme.

"A number of ongoing actions to actively manage the size of our workforce have contributed to this, including the removal of vacant positions, offering two limited voluntary redundancy processes, implementing stop work notices, legislation repeal and initiating a range of consultation and change processes."

The organisation was focused on supporting staff who may be impacted by the continued changes at the ministry, Griffiths said.

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