Public employment and management

Human Resources Management: Country Profiles


The following profiles summarise public sector human resource management practices and policies in OECD member and partner countries. The profiles include information on the following issues:

  • The legal framework governing public employment
  • The composition of public employment, including the gender and age structure of government employment
  • Public sector restructuring efforts
  • The organisation of HR management
  • HR management practices such as recruitment, compensation, and performance management
  • Senior management
  • Industrial relations
  • Reforms and challenges


Australia Austria_smallAustria Belgium_smallBelgium
Brazil Canada ‌ Chile
Czech Republic ‌Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland
Ireland Israel Italy
Japan Korea ‌Mexico
‌ Netherlands New Zealand ‌ Norway
Poland Portugal Russia
Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain
Sweden Switzerland_small Switzerland Turkey
United Kingdom_small United Kingdom   United States  



These profiles are based on information provided by countries in response to the 2010 OECD Survey on Strategic Human Resources Management in Central/Federal Governments and updated in 2012. For a detailed description of the sources and methodology, see our methodological notes.


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