Workforce diversity - youth and mature workers

The following data relates to youth (employees under 25 years of age) and mature workers (aged 45 years and over) in public employment. For these groups, equity of distribution is not evaluated because salary ranges correlate closely with experience and age.

Representation of youth

The representation of youth in public sector agencies and authorities decreased slightly from 6.2 per cent (10 355 employees) in 2011 to 6.1 per cent (10 323 employees) in 2012.

In local government authorities, youth representation (indoor and outdoor workers combined) decreased from 13.7 per cent in 2010 to 10.1 per cent in 2012.

Representation of youth in public universities (academic and general staff combined) has decreased from 7 per cent in 2011 to 5.4 per cent in 2012.

Representation of youth in public authorities: 2008-2012

Representation of youth in public authorities: 2008-2012Note: In 2012 the reporting dates for local government authorities data changed from December to March in order to better match data reporting timeframes for public sector agencies and authorities and public universities. The change in reporting timeframes has resulted in an absence of local government data for the 2011 reporting year.

Employment type - youth

For public sector agencies and authorities in 2012, permanency rates for youth are approximately half of those compared with all employees, at 31.1 per cent for youth compared with 65.7 per cent for all employees.

Youth are less likely to work part-time when compared to all employees, with 20 per cent of permanent and fixed-term youth in public sector agencies and authorities working part-time in 2012, compared to 31.8 per cent for all employees. Youth are more likely to be employed in ‘other’ employment types (including trainees), at a rate of 35.4 per cent compared with 18.3 per cent for all employees in public sector agencies and authorities.

 

Public sector agencies and authorities

Employment type

Youth

All employees

Permanent employees

31.1%

65.7%

Fixed-term employees

33.5%

16.0%

Full-time employees

44.7%

49.8%

Part-time employees

20.0%

31.8%

Other employment types (includes casual employees and trainees)

35.4%

18.3%

Note: These figures do not include seven Schedule 1 agency data. Data on employment type was not collected for local government authorities or public universities and hence is not included. These figures are based on a different sample set from normal Public Sector Commission reports, and unique only to the DEOPE Annual report.

Representation of mature workers

Mature workers are over-represented in public employment compared with the community overall. An increase of turnover in public authorities is likely to occur in the next decade as this large employment cohort approaches retirement. To mitigate this effect, many authorities are developing strategies to retain mature workers through part-time and flexible work options. This will help with the transfer of corporate knowledge and skills to the younger workforce.

As at 30 June 2012, mature workers in public sector agencies and authorities represented 50.2 per cent (85 585) of the workforce, up slightly from 50.1 per cent (83 502 employees) in 2011.

Representation of mature workers in local government authorities (indoor and outdoor combined) decreased from 43.4 per cent in 2010 to 41.5 per cent in 2012.

In public universities, representation of mature academic staff decreased from 46.1 per cent in 2011 to 39.3 per cent in 2012. However, the representation of mature general staff has increased from 33.1 per cent in 2011 to 37 per cent in 2012.

Representation of mature workers in public authorities: 2008-2012

Representation of mature workers in public authorities: 2008-2012

Employment type - mature

For public sector agencies and authorities in 2012, permanency rates for mature workers are 61.4 per cent compared with 65.7 per cent for all employees.

Mature workers closely align with the wider public sector in terms of full-time and part-time employment rates, with 50.1 per cent of mature workers employed full-time, compared with 49.8 per cent of all employees and 32 per cent of mature workers employed part-time as compared with 31.8 per cent of all employees.

 

Public sector agencies and authorities

Employment type

Mature

All employees

Permanent employees

61.4%

65.7%

Fixed-term employees

20.6%

16.0%

Full-time employees

50.1%

49.8%

Part-time employees

32.0%

31.8%

Other employment types (includes casuals and trainees)

18.0%

18.3%

Note: These figures do not include Schedule 1 agency data. Data on employment type was not collected for local government authorities or public universities and is not included. Mature workers are included in the the ‘All employees’ category.


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