Recruitment: State of the federal Public Service

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Recruitment – The Typical Public Servant

The Public Service recruits and retains a diverse and well educated workforce.

Typical indeterminate employees of the Public Service:

54% women, 46% men

  • 55% located outside the National Capital Region
  • Average Age: 46 years old
  • 70% are over 40 years old
  • 44% are in bilingual positions (March 2014)
  • Traditionally most work in the public service their whole career
  • Diverse workforce: all four employment equity groups are well-represented

Typical new indeterminate recruit to the Public Service:

53% women, 47% men

  • 60% located in the regions
  • Average Age: 36 years old
  • More than half were born after 1979
  • University educated *
  • More than half have already worked in the government
  • Diverse recruitment: new recruits exceed employment equity hiring goals

* Data on level of education not available for comparison.

Age of New Recruits

Age Distribution of New Indeterminiate Hires (Fiscal Year 2014-15)

Chart: Age Distribution of New Indeterminiate Hires (Fiscal Year 2014-15)
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The Workforce

Our CPA workforce is multigenerational – the baby boomers are becoming eligible to retire.

Distribution of Core Public Administration (CPA) Employees by Age - Select Years, 1995 to 2015

Chart: Distribution of Core Public Administration (CPA) Employees by Age
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Indeterminate staffing activities to and within the public service and indeterminate separations under the Public Service Employment Act, contributing to movement of indeterminate employees for fiscal year 2014-2015

Chart: Indeterminate staffing activities
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2013-14 Employment Equity (EE) Profile of New Recruits

  • Young recruits are more likely to be visible minorities.
  • More older recruits tend to have disabilities.
  • The contingent workforce* (students, casuals and terms) tends to be between 10 and 20% of the overall workforce. This is comparable to 13% in the private sector.

Under 35 years of age
 

  • 52.3% women
  • 5.1% Aboriginal peoples
  • 2.4% persons with disabilities*
  • 16.7% visible minorities

35 and over
 

  • 52.8% women
  • 5.8% Aboriginal peoples
  • 5.0% persons with disabilities*
  • 12.1% visible minorities

Total EE Population
(March, 2014)

  • 54.1% women
  • 5.1% Aboriginal peoples
  • 5.7% persons with disabilities*
  • 13.2% visible minorities

Workforce availability estimates
(2006 Census and PALS*)

  • 52.3% women
  • 3.0% Aboriginal peoples
  • 4.0% persons with disabilities*
  • 12.4% visible minorities

* Statistics Canada Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: Due to sample size, comparisons based on age cannot be made.

Hiring activities and population under the Public Service Employment Act, by geographic area

Chart: Hiring activities and population under the Public Service Employment Act, by geographic area
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