If you have a massively growing public service, then you need many more HR staff to cope with them all, and boy has Labour delivered. Gerry Brownlee has the figures showing the number of HR staff has shot up under Labour from 266 to 638 last year. And the cost has gone from $16 million to $51 million.
This is even higher than the growth in comms and media staff which has doubled.
So which agencies have had the biggest increases in HR staff:
- Treasury from 7 to 14
- Health from 10 to 25
- Education from 9 to a staggering 31
- SSC from 2 to 8
- MSD from 44 to 76
- Justice from 15 to 37
- Labour from 15 to 30
- The brand new Department of Housing and Building alerady has 10 HR staff!!!
- Corrections from 19 to 47
- IRD from 34 to 68
They only set the Dept of Housing and Building up a couple of years ago, and already they have convinced their Minister they need 10 HR staff. Oh I am looking forward to the Cabinet Expenditure Control Committee if National wins.