Statistics relating to the funding and resourcing of tertiary education in New Zealand, including tuition subsidies and tuition fees.

Financial Resources

Due: May 2020

Updated financial resources data will be published shortly.

Human Resources

Updated: May 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 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), three wānanga and nearly 200 private training establishments (PTEs).

This page gives an overview of the structure of the tertiary education workforce. A link to detailed statistical tables is provided in the Downloads section.

What does the 2019 data show?

  • In 2019, the total staff headcount in tertiary education providers was 51,510, decreasing 2% from 2018.  Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers remained relatively stable at 36,275 in 2019.
  • University staff headcounts decreased 3% from 2018 to 30,095 in 2019. ITPs decreased 6% to 11,955, wānanga decreased 2% to 2,180, but PTEs increased 11% to 7,285.
  • The headcount percentage of Māori academic staff increased to 6% in 2019 for universities (it was 5% in 2018), 9% for ITPs (8% in 2018), 11% for PTEs (10% in 2018) and 71% for wānanga (69% in 2018).
  • The headcount percentage of Pacific Peoples academic staff has remained stable between 2018 and 2019 at 2% for universities, 4% for ITPs, and around 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 32% to 33% from 2018 to 2019.
  • The ratio of students to academic staff has been relatively stable from 2018 to 2019 for universities, ITPs and wānanga. However, it has decreased slightly at PTEs from 13.5 students per academic staff member to 12.4.

These changes have occurred in the context of decreasing student enrolments in recent years.

Contact Us

For tertiary education data enquiries, please email the:  Tertiary Mailbox