This regular item shares a little of the value of Yardstick each month from the 2013 data for Parkcheck members in Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia. While Yardstick provides data on a number of common benchmarks for all countries, users within a country or region can also agree to establish additional benchmarks particular to them.
Two examples relating to the number of parks staff and salaries paid in New Zealand are provided here as an example of what Yardstick users can request.
a) Staff resources
The median number of full time equivalent staff for New Zealand parks departments serving city populations over 50,000 is 25. A median of five staff serve city populations under 50,000. In New Zealand, parks maintenance is outsourced by 43 per cent of organisations. Twenty-four per cent maintain parks with their own staff and 33 percent use a mix of internal staff and outsourcing to contractors.
b) Staff salaries
The following table shows the salaries for different parks staff in New Zealand in NZD. A New Zealand Dollar is worth 0.86 USD or 0.63 Euro. Note: most New Zealand parks departments are led by a manager reporting to a council executive.