Taxpayers have stumped up an extra $550 million to pay public-sector employees in the last year.
That was a 13 per cent 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 per cent increase.
Altogether, 1247 staff now earn above that amount.
No wonder Labour does so well in Wellington.