Individuals who resigned their positions within the government service made up slightly more than 30 per cent of all those who left civil service jobs during the past year, according to government records.
The only reason more common for leaving the civil service was from individuals who came to the end of their contracts and decided not to renew them. There were comparatively few cases, according to the survey done by the Portfolio of the Civil Service, where individuals’ contracts were not renewed in cases where they wished those agreements to be renewed.
The yearly government employee survey completed as of 30 June, 2011, broke down the number of civil service leavers by Caymanian and non-Caymanian employees.
There were 251 Caymanians who left the government service within the year. Nearly half, 121 workers, left because their contract had ended. Another 65 Caymanian civil servants resigned during the year. Twenty-six civil servants retired; another 13 were dismissed for misconduct and 10 left because their contracts were not renewed.
A total of 170 non-Caymanians left the government service during the 2010/11 budget year, according to the report.
Seventy-four of those non-Caymanian civil servants chose not to renew contracts, another 67 resigned during their contract period and 24 did not have their contracts renewed by government. All non-Caymanian government workers must have one, two or three-year contracts in place to work within the government service. Also, Caymanians over the normal retirement age of 60 must be granted contracts if they are to continue working.
“The majority of leavers in 2010/11 had served less than one year’s service within government,” the portfolio review found. “The proportion of Caymanians leaving during their first year was 41 per cent as compared to 15 per cent of non-Caymanians. A number of young Caymanians [58 total] left short-term vacation period jobs in 2010/11 and those accounted for 45 per cent of the leavers with less than a year’s service.”
The largest group of Caymanian government service workers to leave their jobs fell within the administrative personnel category [92 employees]. Another 33 came from the security/law enforcement services and 30 were classified as unskilled labourers.
Among expatriate civil service workers, the largest group of leavers were educationalists – teachers and other education professions – at 52 workers.
Another 23 workers who left in 2010/11 were classified as ‘specialists’ and 19 other non-Caymanian leavers were also in the security/law enforcement services.
However, overall turnover among the law enforcement services was relatively low.
“The turnover rate for the combined uniform divisions was approximately 5.4 per cent – which was below the overall 11.6 per cent turnover rate for the civil service as a whole,” the portfolio noted. “Customs experienced the lowest turnover as they did not have any leavers in the 2010/11 year. The Immigration Department experienced the highest turnover rate of the uniform services with 11 per cent.”
Government’s teaching staff also turned over at a rate of just more than 11 per cent. However, the Department of Education had by far a higher number of leavers within the civil service – 89 employees – than any single department. The education department was followed by district administration [36 employees leaving], the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service [31 employees], the Department of Environmental Health [24 leavers] and the immigration department [19 employees left].