Unscheduled leave accrual growing among NSW public servants: report

by L&D06 Dec 2016
A new report from the Public Service Commissioner revealed that NSW government employees are taking 10% more unscheduled days off from work than they did four years ago – equivalent to more than 1.5 million hours a year.

Managers registered the largest increases among all employees. Furthermore, an employee’s age and length of service influence the amount of leave they take in a year. Salary is also a factor, as people earning less than $100,000 a year typically take 10 days’ leave on average, while those who make more than $100,000 a year take only an average of 7.5 days off.

As a result, the Public Service Commissioner’s office expressed its intent to further investigate the underlying causes of growth and potential solutions in the public sector, which is apparently “heading in the wrong direction,” a spokeswoman said.

For Public Sector Association general secretary Stewart Little, the increase in unscheduled leaves could be a result of greater pressure upon public sector employees.

“They keep cutting the budget every year,” said Little. “You’ve got incessant restructures. The staff are under incredible pressure, obviously sick leaves go up.”