The core unplanned turnover4 rate for the Public Service in the year to 30 June 2006 was 13% (14% for women, 12% for men) and the gross turnover rate (which includes people on fixed term employment) was 22%. These rates are similar to those in 2005 (14% core unplanned and 21% gross).
Turnover rates for the year to June 2006 differ by occupation (refer to Table 2 below). These occupational differences mirror those in previous years Of the significant Public Service groups, Customer Service Clerks had the highest core unplanned turnover rate at 20%, and Managers had the lowest core unplanned turnover rate at 9%.
Table 2. Turnover in the main Public Service occupations 2006
Core unplanned turnover rate
Personal & Protective Services Workers
Customer Service Clerks
Approximately 10% of the permanent employees who left their department in the June 2006 year moved to another Public Service department. Higher proportions of terminating staff in the Professional (17%) and Managerial (12%) occupation groups stayed in the Public Service compared with the other occupational groups.
4 Core unplanned turnover is primarily due to resignations of open-term employees, but also includes retirements, dismissals, and death. Planned turnover includes cessations of staff on fixed-term employment agreements and cessations due to restructuring. The turnover rate for the Public Service is derived from the exits from departments. As a result it includes movements between departments and so the actual level of "loss" to the Public Service through unplanned exits is below the 13% reported here.