Employment Status & Classification

Status Definitions

Regular status means you are in a full- or part-time position that has been approved for continuous work.

Co-ops, interns & auxiliary

These employees are in positions approved for work which is not continuous:

  • Co-op employees: As a co-op student employee, you will be enrolled in a recognized co-op education program at a participating post-secondary institution and hired for a work assignment of a special nature. Your duties are of limited duration and distinct from the day-to-day duties of a regular position. Co-op terms are usually for a period of four months, but not longer than eight. The assignments are meant to integrate your academic studies with related hands-on experience in the field of your choice. You are an auxiliary employee but, unlike other auxiliary employees, your term cannot be extended
  • Interns: The British Columbia legislature currently funds 10 intern positions. The program begins in January of each year and runs for approximately 25 weeks, until the end of June. Following orientation, interns are placed with a sponsoring ministry for six to eight weeks with a mentor. These assignments provide an opportunity for the interns to learn about the mandate and scope of the ministry as well as to conduct research projects in policy and planning areas. Following the ministry assignment, interns are assigned to a party caucus
  • Auxiliary employees: Auxiliary status means you are in a position approved for work that is not continuous. Auxiliary employees are hired to provide relief for regular staff. You earn vacation pay at the rate of six per cent of your regular earnings. Auxiliary employees can apply for in-service as soon as they have worked in excess of 30 days (210 hours)

In-service vs. out-of-service

  • Some posted positions are open to eligible public service employees only and are referred to as in-service positions. If you are presently an employee and are unsure if you have in-service status, ask your supervisor or call the BC Public Service Agency
  • Competitions labelled out-of-service are open to both employees and the public

Included vs. excluded


 Every position in the BC Public Service has been described and assigned to

  • An occupational category
  • An occupational group
  • A level

Understanding the classification of jobs and pay plans will help you see how your job fits into the BC Public Service, and can be a tool in planning your career.

Your supervisor can explain how the classification system works or go to the Classification Review.