Statistics relating to the funding and resourcing of tertiary education in New Zealand, including tuition subsidies and tuition fees.
Financial ResourcesDue: June 2021
Updated financial resources data will be published soon.
Human ResourcesUpdated: Oct-2020
At the end of every year the Ministry collects aggregated staff numbers (headcount and full-time equivalent) by a range of characteristics such as full-time or part-time status, sub-sector, staff-type (academic, research and other staff), gender, ethnic group, and age group.
These workforce returns come from eight universities, 16 subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga, three wānanga and 184 private training establishments (PTEs).
- Human Resources 2011-2020 [MS Excel 991kB]
What does the 2020 data show?
- In 2020, the total staff headcount in tertiary education providers was 49,240, decreasing 4% from 2019. Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers remained almost unchanged at 36,160 in 2020.
- Staff headcounts decreased from 2019 in public providers but remained steady in PTEs. In 2020, university staff headcounts decreased by 3% to 29,195, Te Pūkenga decreased 7% to 11,165, and wānanga decreased 10% to 1,965, but PTEs remained unchanged at 6,915.
- The headcount percentage of Māori academic staff remained unchanged in 2020 in universities (6%) and Te Pūkenga (9%), and increased to 12% for PTEs (11% in 2019) and 78% for wānanga (71% in 2019).These increases may reflect changes in reporting between 2019 and 2020: the proportion of academic staff whose ethnic group was reported as ‘unknown’ decreased from 13% to 5% in wānanga and from 19% to 5% in PTEs, but remained relatively steady in universities (12%) and Te Pūkenga (24%).
- The headcount percentage of Pacific Peoples academic staff has remained stable between 2019 and 2020 at 2% for universities, 4% for Te Pūkenga, and 5% for wānanga and PTEs.
- The headcount percentage of female senior academic staff (professors, associate professors, deans and heads of department) at universities increased slightly from 33% to 34% from 2019 to 2020.
- The ratio of students to academic staff has decreased slightly from 2019 to 2020 for universities (18.9 to 18.7) and Te Pūkenga (16.6 to 16.2) and remained steady at PTEs (12.9). However, it has decreased considerably at wānanga from 24.9 students per academic staff member to 20.8.
These changes have occurred in the context of decreasing numbers of equivalent full-time students in general in recent years. In particular, in wānanga the number of equivalent full-time student enrolments decreased by nearly 20% from 2019 to 2020, (Covid impact is likely to be responsible for much of this).