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Policy AnalystAlternative titles

Kaitātari Kaupapa

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Policy Adviser

Policy analysts gather and analyse information to assist in the planning, development, interpretation and review of government or industrial policies.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

What are the chances of getting a job?


Job opportunities for policy analysts are average due to restrictions on government spending.

The tightening of government department budgets has restricted the growth of policy analysts. According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of policy analysts increased by about 3% between 2010 and 2012.  

High turnover of policy analysts creates regular openings in public sector

Turnover among policy analysts working in the public sector is among the highest for all public sector jobs. This is because people sometimes shift, either:

  • to another part of the public sector, to gain experience 
  • into the private sector, where they can earn more money.

Most policy analysts employed by government

Most policy analysts work for government departments and organisations, but other employers include:

  • local authorities (city and district councils)
  • private companies
  • unions, community organisations and business or interest groups such as Federated Farmers.


  • Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupational Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
  • State Services Commission, 'Human Resource Capability in the New Zealand State Services 2013', accessed November 2013, (www.ssc.govt.nz).

Current vacancies

Policy Analyst Listed: 26 Jan 2015 Southland
Senior Policy Analyst Listed: 26 Jan 2015 Wellington
Senior Policy Analyst Listed: 22 Jan 2015 Wellington
SENIOR POLICY ANALYST (CONTRACT) Listed: 16 Jan 2015 Wellington
Senior or Principal Policy Analyst - Policy Busine Listed: 16 Jan 2015 Wellington
Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst Listed: 09 Jan 2015 Wellington
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYST Listed: 08 Jan 2015 Wellington

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Progression and specialisations

Policy analysts may start off in junior positions before progressing to more senior roles. They may also change between working in the private and public sectors.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Updated 13 Jan 2014