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Number of employees

Bar graph of the number of employees in the Public Service of Canada in March 2017 and March 2018
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Number of employees in the Public Service of Canada in March 2017 and March 2018
Number of employees March 2017 March 2018
All employees 262,696 273,571
Executives 6,480 6,678
Deputy ministers (DMs) 36 38
Associate DMs 41 47

Mobility in the core public administration

Line chart of employee demographics – Mobility
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Mobility of employees in the core public administration, including new indeterminate employees and retirements and departures from fiscal year 2013-14 to fiscal year 2017-18
Mobility in the Core Public Administration 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
New indeterminate employees 4,315 6,093 7,698 11,085 14,751
Retirements and departures1 12,283 9,737 9,554 9,171 8,620

Age distribution of public servants and new indeterminate hires2

Bar charts of employee demographics – Age Distribution
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Age distribution of federal public servants in March 2017 and March 2018
Age band March 2017 March 2018
Under 25 10,531 4.0 % 13,054 4.8%
25 to 34 44,077 16.8% 47,773 17.5%
35 to 44 74,047 28.2% 76,527 28.0%
45 to 54 80,600 30.7% 80,842 29.6%
55 to 64 47,774 18.2% 49,278 18.0%
65+ 5,667 2.2% 6,092 2.2%
Age distribution of new indeterminate hires in the Public Service of Canada in March 2017 and March 2018
Age band March 2017 March 2018
Under 25 1,391 12.6% 1,868 12.7%
25 to 34 4,747 42.8% 6,041 41.0%
35 to 44 2,584 23.3% 3,745 25.4%
45 to 54 1,744 15.7% 2,269 15.4%
55 to 64 595 5.4% 778 5.3%

First official language3

Demographics of the first official language of public servants
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First official language of federal public servants in March 2017 and March 2018
First official language March 2017 March 2018
Federal Public Service: French 29.2% 29.1%
Federal Public Service: English 70.8% 70.9%
Executive: French 32.0% 32.3%
Executive: English 68.0% 67.7%

Average age of public servants4

Demographics of the age of public servants
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Average age of public servants
Average age March 2017 March 2018
Deputy Ministers 56.7 55.7
Associate Deputy Ministers 54.4 54.3
Executives Levels 04 and 05 53.8 53.4
Executives Levels 01 to 03 50.0 50.0
Executives 50.2 50.2
Federal Public Servants 44.9 44.6

Years of experience5

Bar chart of employee demographics – Experience
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Years of experience of employees in the Public Service of Canada in March 2017 and March 2018
Years of experience March 2017 March 2018
0-4 years 11.9% 15.4%
5-14 years 49.3% 43.2%
15-24 years 25.2% 28.0%
25+ years 13.6% 13.5%

Employee types6

Bar chart of employee demographics – Employee types
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Types of employees in the Public Service of Canada in March 2017 and March 2018
Employee types March 2017 March 2018
Indeterminate 84.7% 222,474 83.6% 228,720
Term 10.0% 26,389 10.6% 28,969
Casual 2.9% 7,505 3.1% 8,397
Students 2.4% 6,281 2.7% 7,426

Source: Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
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