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APS employee demographics

This section provides an analysis of the age distribution and number of years at the current agency according to classification level as well as the number of years at the current classification level. Please note that not all agencies that participate in the 2010 Survey were able to complete this section.

Age distribution

Table 8.1 shows the percentage of SES employees which fall within each of the age brackets according to classification level. The majority of employees across the SES levels are aged between 41 and 60 years of age. As at 31 December 2010, some 1143 employees, or approximately 44 per cent of the sample was in the 51 to 70 years age brackets and are either eligible for or approaching retirement. As the SES roles present the leaders of the agencies, this represents an important issue for the APS to consider in relation to its aging workforce.

Table 8.1 – Classification by Age Bracket
Classification Age Bracket (% Employees)
n <= 20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 >70
SES 1 1,940 -- 0.4 14.3 46.1 35.9 3.3 --
SES 2 546 -- -- 4.8 39.7 48.4 7.1 --
SES 3 125 -- -- 1.6 34.4 56.8 7.2 --

Number of years at current classification level

Table 8.2 shows the distribution in the number of years SES employees have spent at their current classification level. The results are fairly consistent across all SES categories, with a median result of three to four years and an average result of four years at the current level.

Table 8.2 – Number of Years at Current Classification Level*
Classification n Min Q1 Median Q3 Max Average
* Incumbents with their current classification level for less than 6 months are not included in this analysis
SES 1 1,404 1 2 4 6 22 4
SES 2 387 1 2 3 6 19 4
SES 3 88 1 1 3 5 11 4

Number of years at current agency

Table 8.3 shows the distribution in the number of years SES employees have spent at their current agency. There is slightly less consistency in the number of years at the current organisation, with SES 1 and SES 2 employees sharing a similar response, but SES 3 employees reporting a shorter median duration at the current agency. Average tenure was fairly consistent across all three classification levels.

Table 8.3 – Number of Years at Current Agency*
Classification n Min Q1 Median Q3 Max Average
* Incumbents with their current agency for less than 6 months are not included in this analysis
SES 1 1,771 1 3 9 18 45 12
SES 2 477 1 3 9 22 45 13
SES 3 99 1 3 5 20 41 12