Recruitment: State of the federal Public Service - Long Description

Figure 1: Age Distribution of New Indeterminiate Hires (Fiscal Year 2014-15)

  • 54% of new indeterminate hires were born after 1979 (Millennials), 46% born before 1979.
  • Average age of new indeterminate hires is 36 years (37 years in 2013-14).
  • Age distribution is fairly stable for Generation X (born between 1967-1979), and declines steadily for baby-boomers (born between 1946-1966).
YearsPermanentTerms
2010-2011 778 474
2011-2012 497 339
2012-2013 91 163
2013-2014 69 43
2014-2015 263 278

The Workforce

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

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Figure 2: Distribution of Core Public Administration (CPA) Employees by Age - Select Years, 1995 to 2015

YearAverage ageMedian ageLargest age groupNotes
1995 42 41 35-44 Baby Boomers represent largest segment of population.
2000 43 44 35-44 and 45-54 Baby Boomers represent largest segment of population.
2005 44 45 45-54 Baby Boomers represent largest segment of population but age group 25-34 increasing.
2010 44 44 45-54 Baby Boomers no longer represent largest segment of population. Large segments of 25-34 and 35-44.
2015 45 45 45-54 35-44 age group is largest segment of population.

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Figure 3 : 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

Inflow

Appointments of new indeterminate employees

  • 3 904 indeterminate appointments to the public service up 50.5% from 2013-2014 down 26.9% from 2011-2012
  • 2 255 term to indeterminate staffing activities within the public service up 23.0% from 2013-2014 down 33.7% from 2011-2012
  • 6 159 total appointments of new indeterminate employees up 39.1% from  2013-2014 down 29.6% from 2011-2012

Movement Within

Indeterminate staffing activities within the public service

  • 9,698 promotions up 19.1% from 2013-2014 down 33.8% from 2011-2012
  • 13,690 lateral and downward movements down 4.6% from 2013-2014 down 22.3% from 2011-2012
  • 13,302 acting appointments up 39.7% from 2013-2014 up 23.0% from 2011-2012
  • 36,690 total indeterminate staffing activities within the public service up 14.6% from 2013-2014 down 14.8% from 2011-2012

Outflow(a)

Indeterminate separations from the public service

  • 5,716 retirements up 1.0% from 2013-2014 down 13.6% from 2011-2012
  • 4,088 other separations down 37.3% from 2013-2014 up 48.0% from 2011-2012
  • 9,804 total indeterminate separations from the public service down 19.5% from 2013-2014 up 4.5% from 2011-2012

(a) Individuals who left the public service as part of Spending Review 2012 are reported under other separations.

Source: PSC Annual Report 2014-15

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Figure 4: Hiring activities and population under the Public Service Employment Act, by geographic area

RegionHiring activityPopulation
Newfoundland & Labrador 723 2,989
Prince Edward Island 431 1,691
Nova Scotia 2,143 9,001
New Brunswick 1,758 7,140
Quebec (except NCR) 4,504 21,531
National Capital Region (NCR) 18,094 86,723
Ontario (except NCR) 4,856 25,096
Manitoba 1,319 6,847
Saskatchewan 1,116 4,718
Alberta 2,328 10,225
British Columbia 3,454 16,887
Yukon   47  292
Northwest Territories  86  397
Nunavut   89  248
Outside Canada  75 1,467
Total 41,023 195,252

Source: PSC Annual Report 2014-15

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