The public service has slashed another 555 jobs in the last year - and is expected to lose almost 400 more by June 2014, the Government has revealed.
State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman announced the Government's cap on civil servants will remain at 36,475.
The number has dropped to 35, 901, 574 below the cap.
The size of government administration is forecast to drop further by 383 by the end of June 2014.
Almost 3000 jobs have been slashed since National took office in 2008 as the government looks to cut $1 billion worth of spending.
Coleman said: "The trend is a reflection of the change programmes which have been undertaken by a number of government agencies in the first half of this year.'' Frontline positions rose by 96.
Public service communications staff numbers remained ''relatively static'' over the last six months with only 3.4 FTE professionals, up from 270 in December.
Coleman today introduced the Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill to Parliament, an omnibus bill aimed at ''delivering better public services.''
It will allow agencies to collaborate more, share functions, as well as purchase good and develop systems together.
The Public Service Association said the Government is ''continuing to chip away'' at the civil service.
''It's just more evidence that the cap on the public service is really about cuts," national secretary Brenda Pilott, said.
The number of unfilled positions increasing by 700 this year to 3263, she said.
''In some agencies the number of unfilled vacancies is as high as 30 per cent.
"These vacancies put huge pressure on existing staff in terms of workload.
"Ironically the States Services Commission, which is responsible for co-ordinating the Government's better public services programme, is carrying unfilled vacancies of more than 20 per cent."
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