Choose Your Hiring Options

There is currently a managed staffing strategy on all non-critical positions across the BC Public Service. Please read about the hiring approval process for details on filling vacancies.

Choosing Your Staffing Option

The best staffing option considers both the current and future business needs of your organization. Choose an option that saves time and resources in the long run, so you can ensure the availability of staff for the work that needs to be done for now and the future. Consider a broader range of options for greater staffing efficiency and flexibility and address important issues such as employee growth and development, succession planning and skill shortages.

Before you choose your staffing option

  • To fill positions quickly: Consider appointing from an eligibility list or choose from options such as auxiliaries, limited term hires, substitution, lateral transfer, temporary appointments (under seven months) or a pre-qualified inventory
  • For a position that is common to your ministry or a number of ministries: Consider working with other branches or ministries to conduct joint recruitment efforts
  • For recurring vacancies: Consider using a process to create an inventory of applicants that can be accessed immediately. This saves time, is proactive and prevents the need for multiple staffing actions
  • For an occupation where there is a prediction of future skills shortages: Consider options that may allow you to "grow" and develop less-experienced applicants (for example, internships, developmental trainees and under-implemented positions)
  • Short-term project work: Consider a temporary or auxiliary appointment or a project employee when the work is time limited. This is a way to fill a short-term need especially in areas of skill shortages

Staffing options

External Hiring

Under the current managing staffing strategy, first consideration for filling vacancies must be given to internal candidates. Requests for external hires will only be considered for critical positions. For details, please see the hiring approval process.

Once you have an idea of an option that might work best for your situation, find out how to get the job posted for a competition or contact us for more details and assistance with your next steps.