Australia’s public servants spared COVID-19 pain

The ABS has released its annual Employment and Earnings, Public Sector data for the 2019-20 Financial Year.

This data shows that employment in the public service remained virtually unchanged in 2019-20, despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Whereas total cash wages and salaries across the public service rose by $7,245.7 million in 2019-20, representing a 4.3% increase year-on-year:

However, the next table shows that strong growth in Health care and social assistance offset losses across most other areas:

This is what you would hope to see during a virus pandemic.

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