News briefs (Oct. 7, 2002)By 10/07/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003 Government's image hurting recruitmentOttawa — The public service has an image problem and is facing a challenge in recruiting talent to its ranks, according to the Conference Board of Canada study. Sixty-four per cent of all responding federal, provincial and municipal government organizations report shortages. Almost eight in 10 predict they will continue to be understaffed in the next three to five years. The skill shortages are particularly acute in professional, technical and scientific positions. The average age of government employees is 43.5 years. If current retirement trends continue in the public service, 44 per cent of today’s employees will be in a position to retire by 2010. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.