Auckland Council wages bill a whopping $2.1 Billion

Policy Parrot says:

This parrot has ranted on like a broken record in recent blogs about the excessive bloat of Auckland Council and it’s CCO’s.

WOBH receives a copy of the general pre-election report as blogged earlier today and the state of financial affairs is alarming. If this were a corporate business one would be selling shares before they are worthless.

Rather than comment on the expenditure, the income or the depreciation issues which we can tackle in days to come, the porky number that stood out the most was the amount paid out on staff wages. A whopping $2.1 billion dollars!

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That is outrageous.   

Auckland reports that income from rates was $1.4 billion and with other income sources the Council generated $2.9 billion total revenue.

That simply means Auckland Council is spending almost twice what it generates from rates on staff wages but more worrying is that it is spending 75% of its total income on staff wages.

75%!!!!!!! Time to start plucking out feathers.

Comparatively some of new Zealand’s largest companies with staff numbers each of 15-20,000 people spend between 20-28% of turnover on wages and salary costs according to annual reports and Wikipedia.

So how does Auckland Council justify 75% of it’s total income spent on wages?

That is – comparatively – three times the equivalent overhead and by default says Auckland Council is over –employing by a factor of three.

Auckland Council is a bloated fat pig of gluttonous excess where it concerns it’s staffing. The super city amalgamation should have resulted in substantial efficiency and it obviously has not.

It’s time for the National Government to stop the rot by demanding efficiencies and setting National benchmark targets that Councils must perform too including – % of income on staffing overheads.


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