Department of Family and Community Services

2.2 Senior Executive Service roles in the NSW public sector

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Current position

In 2012, women accounted for 26 percent of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in the NSW public sector.

Gender gap

  • Women make up just over one-quarter of the SES in the NSW public sector.
The direction of
change over time

The percentage of women in the SES has increased by one percentage point since 2011, when it was 25 percent. It has risen from 22 percent in 2002.

The proportion of women in the NSW public sector as a whole also increased slightly between 2011 and 2012, from 60 to 61 percent.

Discussion

Women’s SES representation in the NSW public sector (26 percent) remains disproportionately low compared to their representation within the total public sector workforce (61 percent). See Figure 5.4.

SES employees are determined under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002. They do not include chief executives. The data provided by the NSW Public Service Commission is as at their census date of 21 June 2012 and also includes SES-equivalent positions, who are senior executive staff whose contract of employment does not fall under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act.

Year collected: 2012 and previous years.
Data source: NSW Public Service Commission, NSW Public Sector Workforce Profile, 2012. More information is available at www.psc.nsw.gov.au

Figure 5.4 Women in the SES and the total NSW public sector, 2002 to 2012

Fig 5.4

Note: Does not include casual staff.
Population: Women under SES contracts and women in SES-equivalent position; and total non casual women in the public sector workforce.
Source: NSW Public Service Commission, NSW Public Sector Workforce Profile, 2012.