Permanent and full time employment continue to characterise the Public Service. About a third of permanent public servants have been with their department for more than 10 years. Turnover rates this year are slightly higher than seen in previous years, with turnover rates for younger employees continuing to be about 10% higher than the Public Service average.
Cohort analysis6 on employees in the Public Service between 2000 and 2005 shows that 51% of permanent staff in 2000 were still employed in the Public Service in 2005. Retention was highest in the Personal & Protective Services Workers7 (67%) occupation group and lowest in the Associate Professionals8 (45%) occupation group.
6 The method used for identifying the 2000 cohort involved: 1) matching records for permanent employees who remained in the same department throughout the 2000-2005 period, using their employee number or start and birth date where the employee number was not consistent 2) identifying people who moved between departments, using date of birth and gender where their start date with the new department was no later than one month after their end date with the previous department.
7 The Personal & Protective Services Workers occupation group are mostly prison officers.
8 The Associate Professionals occupation group includes social workers, case managers, administration officers, customs officers and call centre operators.