Long-Term Staffing Options

These staffing options are used to fill positions where work is continuous and the position will be needed for the foreseeable future.

Regular Appointment (Full or Part-Time)

To fill a vacant or new position on a long-term basis, the most frequently used option is to hire a regular full or part-time employee. A regular employee is one whose work is of a continuous full-time or part-time nature.

Eligibility Lists

An eligibility list is an inventory of pre-qualified applicants in rank order who have been assessed in a staffing action and are qualified to fill future vacancies. Eligibility lists are often used when there's more than one vacancy, or there may be additional vacancies available in the near future.


Under certain circumstances, an employee may be under-implemented in a position until they gain the experience, knowledge and skills needed to reach the full working level of a job. There are two types of under-implementation in the BC Public Service—developmental positions and growth positions.

Uprange Hire

An uprange hire is when a new employee is appointed to a Bargaining Unit or Schedule A position at a step level that's greater than Step 1 of the salary range.

Lateral Transfer

A lateral transfer moves an employee to a new position that has the same maximum salary range.

Applicant Inventory

Inventories are typically established when a job is standard across a ministry or government-wide and vacancies occur frequently.

Internships/Developmental Trainees

When required, ministries may develop a special program to build capacity in specific roles. This allows the person to develop experience to compete for future positions and provides them an opportunity to apply their education within a work environment. This option is usually applicable to excluded employees.

Temporary Appointment to Permanent Appointment

Read more about your options if you need an immediate temporary appointment, but the vacancy is likely to become permanent. One posting can address both scenarios.