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Fixed-term staff and inter-agency secondments

Collaboration enables better decisions, based on more diverse perspectives. Staffing arrangements such as secondments, fixed-term agreements and acting roles enable collaboration by creating new relationships and generating more horizontal movement across the sector than the use of permanent employment alone. Table 1.4 shows the number and proportion of employees on fixed-term agreements and inter-agency secondments. Secondments within departments are not included. The overall proportion of fixed-term employees in the Public Service decreased to 7.0% in 2015. There were 195 people on secondment as at 30 June 2015, which is about the same level as last year.

Table 1.4 Number and proportion of employees on permanent fixed-term agreements and secondments, 30 June 2011-2015

Employees (headcount)

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Permanent employees

42,522

42,060

42,661

43,181

43,837

Fixed-term employees

3,285

3,384

3,885

3,939

3,322

Proportion of current employees on fixed term agreements

7.2%

7.4%

8.3%

8.4%

7.0%

Number of inter-agency secondments

130

148

148

196

195

The SSC is working with departments and the Public Service Association (PSA) to identify initiatives to enable more horizontal movement across the sector. In the first instance this will look at modernising the approach to seconding staff between agencies.

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