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Section 2: Non-ongoing employees

This section provides data and information about non-ongoing APS employees. Non-ongoing employees are those engaged under s22(2)(b) and (c) of the PS Act.

The number of non-ongoing employees increased this year from 15,729 at June 2015 to 17,923 at June 2016. This is an increase of 2,194 or 13.9%, after increasing by 20.7% from 2014 to 2015. Figure 1 (page 3) shows the non-ongoing numbers from June 2002 to June 2016. At June 2016, non‑ongoing employees accounted for 11.5% of total employees.

Non-ongoing employment type

There are three types of non-ongoing employment: specified term, specified task and irregular/intermittent. Figure 8 shows that the proportion of specified term employees increased from 42.1% of all non-ongoing employees at June 2015 to 45.1% at June 2016. Irregular/intermittent employees decreased from 53.8% at June 2015 to 52.2% at June 2016. These changes are not consistent with the trend from June 2002 to June 2014 of specified term employees decreasing and irregular/intermittent employees increasing. In this timeframe specified term employees decreased from 85.5% to 33.4%, and irregular/intermittent employees increased from 12.4% to 61.2%.

Non-ongoing age profile

At June 2016, 18.6% of non-ongoing employees were less than 25 years of age, compared with only 2.3% of ongoing employees. Non-ongoing employees also had a higher representation in the 55 years and over age group, with 19.8% of non-ongoing employees compared to 17.3% of ongoing employees.

Non-ongoing classification profile

Figure 9 shows that the classification profile of non-ongoing employees is generally concentrated at lower classification levels. At June 2016, 32.6% of non-ongoing employees were at the APS 1–2 classifications, compared with 2.3% of ongoing employees. The proportion of non-ongoing employees at the EL classifications was 7.4%, compared with 25.9% of ongoing employees.


Tables in Section 2: Non-ongoing employees