52 percent chief executive roles hold by women in public service department
Of the 33 public service department chief executive roles, 17 are now held by women, including acting roles – representing 52 per cent. This is up from 14, or 44 per cent, as of 30 June 2018.
"This is an outstanding achievement," Chris Hipkins said.
"In addition to meeting this milestone, more women CEs have been appointed to larger jobs. Their average job size has increased by 15% since 2016 and the job size gap with their male colleagues has narrowed to 6 per cent, compared with a 27 per cent gap in 2016.
"We want, and New Zealanders deserve, a public service with an international reputation for excellence. A public service that reflects the communities it serves. A public service with an international reputation for equal representation for women and paying women equally.
"Making progress for women is important to this government," Julie Anne Genter said.
"It also opens up more opportunities for women to succeed and contributes to a more inclusive and fairer society.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)