05 May 2021
[FYI request #15098 email]
Dear Mr Green
I refer to your request dated 07 April 2021, pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982,
I want to know the current salaries/pay of every staff member at MOT, the
job/role/position they fill, and the area they work in. For example:
Jane Doe, a Policy advisor in team X, 96,000/yr.
John Doe, a manager in communications, 85,000/yr.
Richard Roe, an advisor in team Y, 62,000/yr.
Sophie Roe, an HR professional, 72,000/yr.
I would also like their gender and ethnicity to be listed alongside their salaries.
To avoid this request being rejected on privacy grounds, feel free to:
Redact some or all of the names for privacy. (BUT only do this if it is required to
avoid the rejection of this OIA).
Generalise the job position and area of work for each individual, from, for example:
"Operations manager in hazardous substances" to instead only "manager", to
increase privacy. (BUT only do this if it is required to avoid the rejection of this OIA).
Redact individuals' gender/ethnicity, alongside the salaries. (BUT only do this if it is
required to avoid the rejection of this OIA).
If you cannot provide the names, matching positions, area of work, gender, and/or
ethnicity against the individual salaries/pay due to privacy reasons (though I very
much want you to), please instead provide a simple number breakdown of the exact
44,000 (2 people)
55,000 (1 person)
80,000 (1 person)
Please find in Appendix One the information you have requested. We are withholding
some information under section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act, which is necessary
to protect the privacy of natural persons. The information we are withholding is:
Name of individual staff members
Role of individual staff members
Salary of individual staff members
We are providing you information in an aggregated form to protect the privacy of our
employees personal information.
Below are some sources online that provide additional information regarding Ministry
salaries, gender, roles and ethnicity:
The Ministry annually provides the Transport and Infrastructure Committee
information on salary bands broken down within $10,000 bands. This information
is also broken down by gender. This information for the year ending 30 June 2020
is available on the Parliament website here on pages 53-55: Microsoft Word -
Annual Review 2019-20 standard questions and answers (www.parliament.nz)
The Ministry and other public sector departments provide Public Service
Commission (PSC) annually with data on salary, gender, ethnicity and other
employee related information which is reported on their website. The information
goes back to 2000. This information can be found here:
The Ministry’s Annual Report also contains a breakdown of the employee’s
gender, ethnic, age and role type. This can be found in this document on page 34:
You have the right under section 28(3) of the Act to make a complaint about the withholding of
information to the Ombudsman, who can be contacted at [email address]
The Ministry publishes our Official Information Act responses and the information contained in
our reply to you will be published on the Ministry website. Before publishing we will remove
any personal or identifiable information.
Robyn Smith Deputy Chief Executive
Corporate Services Te Kāhui Tangata Group
Appendix One: Aggregated information requested
All data is accurate as at 07 April 2021.
50,000 - 59,999
60,000 - 69,999
70,000 - 79,999
80,000 - 89,999
90,000 - 99,999
100,000 - 109,999
110,000 - 119,999
120,000 - 129,999
130,000 - 139,999
140,000 - 149,999
150,000 - 159,999
160,000 - 169,999
170,000 - 179,999
180,000 - 189,999
190,000 - 199,999
Percentage of employees