The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today released the State Services Commission's Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2009.
The report notes that there has been some increase in Public Service chief executive remuneration over the period the annual report covers.
"In January of this year, I said that there would be no increase to the 2009/2010 Public Service chief executive remuneration budget.
"As part of Budget 2009, the Commission returned to the Government provision for a five percent increase in chief executive salaries in 2009/2010 that had been agreed with the previous administration. The increases shown in chief executive remuneration from the 2007/2008 Annual Report to this 2008/2009 Annual Report reflect decisions made in June 2008, prior to the deterioration of New Zealand's fiscal and economic situation.
"In the present climate of fiscal restraint, the Government expects the State sector to focus on using taxpayers' money wisely, and I will take a lead on the prudent management of State resources.
"While some chief executives' remuneration may increase modestly and others may go down, the 2009/2010 overall budget for Public Service chief executives' remuneration has not increased compared to 2008/2009. Any remuneration increases for individual chief executives in the 2009/2010 financial year will be the result of strong performance," Iain Rennie said.
The Annual Report is published on the SSC website: