There’s been a huge increase in the number of staff employed in Ministerial (and Under-Secretary) offices.
In 2008, there were a total of 286 staff in the last year of the Clark administration.
In 2017, there were 275 staff in the last year of the Key/English Government.
In 2018, the number of staff has grown to 312, a 13% increase.
I’ve divided staff up into five categories. They are:
- Managers (Chiefs of Staff, Senior Private Secretaries)
- Comms (Press Secretaries, media, comms staff)
- Political (Advisors)
- Portfolio (Portfolio Private Secretaries)
- Admin (Private Secretaries, Exec Assistants)
So how has any category changed since 2017:
- Political staff up 13 from 38 to 51, a 34% increase
- Managers up 6 from 28 to 34, a 21% increase
- Portfolio staff up 22 from 122 to 144, an 18% increase
- Comms staff up 2 from 40 to 42, a 5% increase
- Admin staff down 6 from 47 to 41, a 13% decrease
So the biggest percentage increase has been political staffers, all paid for by the taxpayer. I’m of course not against political advisors in ministerial offices. But I am against a 34% increase in them.
The biggest offices are:
- Prime Minister, 34 staff
- Twyford and Hipkins, 15 staff each
- Parker, 14 staff
- Clark, 13 staff
- Peters, Sepuloni, Nash, Martin and Shaw, 12 staff each