More job security for federal workers

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2002

The federal public service announced it intends to scale back its heavy dependence on contract workers — possibly by more than 30 per cent — and give employees permanent positions.

Currently a “term employee” in the federal public service can work for five years in the same position before the employer is required to offer a permanent position.

The key recommendation of a joint union-management committee struck to review the use of term employment is that all term workers who complete two years of uninterrupted service should automatically be given permanent positions. Currently, about 15 per cent of all federal public-service employees are classified as term, slightly more than 30 per cent of those have worked in term jobs for two or more years.