Federal public service threatened by poor recruitment

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2001

The federal public service is heading for a severe staffing crisis and nobody seems willing to lead the charge to avert it, the Auditor General of Canada reports.

“This looming workforce crisis will leave the public service with professional and management positions that will be difficult to fill in an increasingly competitive environment,” Denis Desautels wrote in his report to Parliament presented last month.

The government must act immediately to improve recruitment in the public sector or risk declining service levels, he said. The public service is facing an imminent bulge in retirements, but the audit conducted by his office revealed serious problems in the recruitment programs designed to fill the holes retirees will leave behind.