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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Civil Service Commission
Fortieth Annual Report
JANUARY 1st TO DECEMBER 31st
1958
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour :
The undersigned respectfully submits the Report of the Civil Service Commission,
Province of British Columbia, from January 1st to December 31st, 1958.
WESLEY D. BLACK,
Provincial Secretary.
Victoria, B.C., January, 1959. The Honourable Wesley D. Black,
Provincial Secretary,
Province of British Columbia.
Sir,—In conformity with the provisions of section 7 of the " Civil Service Act"
(chapter 51, "Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1948"), I have the honour to
submit herewith the Report of the proceedings and work of the Civil Service Commission from January 1st to December 31st, 1958.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
HUGH M. MORRISON,
Chairman, Civil Service Commission.
Victoria, B.C., January, 1959. HIGHLIGHTS DURING 1958
• 885 persons were appointed to permanent positions.
• 686 persons were appointed to casual or temporary positions.
• 2,045 persons terminated their services.
• There was a 21.36-per-cent turnover of staff.
• 369 Civil Servants gained promotion through open competition with other employees
and with candidates from outside the Service.
• 19 per cent of promotions were made from one department to another.
• A third class of thirty senior employees started on a three-year Civil Service-University executive-development training plan, and two previous classes continued their
studies.
• Sixty-four assessors and appraisers from various departments and from some municipalities completed correspondence studies and attended a two-week institute, and
continued advanced studies leading toward accreditation by the Appraisal Institute
of Canada.
• Government employees received salary increases, aggregating llA per cent additional
to payroll, retroactive to July 1st, 1957.
• There were no grievances presented formally to the Civil Service Commission.
• There was a slight increase in the average sick-leave.
• There was a decrease in Civil Service enrolment by 358, from 9,621 to 9,263.  CONTENTS
Page
Report of the Civil Service Commission     9
Report of the Chief Personnel Officer  18
Appendix—Statistics  20  Report of the Civil Service Commission
Pursuant to Section 7 of the " Civil Service Act," from January 1st
to December 31st, 1958
Changes in personnel of the Civil Service Commission and its staff, greater attention
to the utilization of staff in the Civil Service, implementation upon a retroactive basis of
a general Civil Service salary increase, and continued salary surveys and discussions with
employee organizations were general features of the year 1958 in regard to the administration of the Government's personnel. The Commission continued to render assistance
and advice to establishments not under the jurisdiction of the " Civil Service Act."
Recruitment and selection activities were at a reduced pace, consistent with the slower
economic tempo of business and industry.
CHANGES IN COMMISSION PERSONNEL
By Order in Council No. 1595, approved July 4th, 1958, Mr. E. R. Rickinson was
appointed a member of the Commission. Mr. Rickinson is Deputy Minister of Welfare.
He has been some thirty years in the Civil Service, and hence brings to the Commission
a thorough knowledge of the Service. In March the Commission received, with great
regret, the resignation of the Chief Personnel Officer, Mr. R. L. W. Ritchie, who accepted
a position in personnel administration with the Civil Service Commission of Canada.
Mr. Ritchie served this Commission faithfully and competently for some thirteen years.
As a result of this loss, some adjustments and slight reorganization in the Commission
staff became necessary. Mr. A. G. Richardson was promoted from Classification Officer
to Chief Personnel Officer and given full charge of the technical staff. Mr. D. J. Slader,
of the Classification Division, won, by open competition, a promotion to the position of
Chief Selection Officer, and Miss J. Meryl Campbell was reclassified to Personnel Officer—Grade 2, in view of her assumption of the Commission training programme in
addition to her duties in the Recruitment and Selection Division. Mr. Kenneth M. Hanson was appointed in October to the staff as a Personnel Officer—Grade 1, in the Classification Division, under the direct supervision of the Chief Personnel Officer. Mr. R. D.
Higgins was reclassified in the Classification Division from Personnel Assistant to
Personnel Officer—Grade 1.
SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE
On December 31st, 1957, the total number of probationary and permanent Civil
Servants was 8,722 (see Appendix, Table 3, Annual Report for 1957); the corresponding
number at December 31st, 1958, was 8,349 (see Appendix, Table 3), a decrease of 373.
The gross total (including temporary or casual employees) at the end of 1957 was 9,621;
the corresponding number at the end of 1958 was 9,263, a decrease of 358. All departments, except two which showed no change and one which had an increase of eleven,
were able to effect staff decreases. The fact that this was accomplished in spite of
increasing services indicates the increasing efficiency of the British Columbia Civil Service.
Officers of the Commission and respective departmental officials are constantly
studying staff organization and work procedures so as to effect the maximum utilization
of the work force. Requisitions for staff are closely examined, and departmental supervisors report on the exact volume of work to be performed in each vacancy. Data were
obtained from the departments in which vacancies occurred, and reports were prepared
on 578 requisitions. In addition, excellent departmental co-operation was received in
" loaning " staff to departments at times of peak loads. X 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
APPOINTMENTS
During the year 1,571 appointments were made {see Appendix, Table 2), as compared to 2,794 appointments made during 1957, a decrease of 1,223 or 43.79 per cent.
The number of appointments to probationary-permanent positions amounted to 885; the
remainder, 686, were appointments to casual or temporary positions. The Chief Selection
Officer reports that the number of staff requisitions processed, dealing with the Civil
Service, amounted to 2,772, as against 4,151 in 1957, reflecting a substantial decline in
recruiting activity, approximating the 2,626 processed in 1955. Of these personnel
transactions, 1,524 were initiated in the Victoria office, 781 were initiated in the Essondale office, and 467 were initiated in the Vancouver office.
In addition, there were 126 requisitions initiated in the Vancouver office on behalf
of the Haney Correctional Institution and the British Columbia Toll Highways and
Bridges Authority, which are not under the jurisdiction of the " Civil Service Act."
SEPARATIONS
The number of separations of all types from the Civil Service was 1,979, which is
a decrease of 710 or 26 per cent of the 2,689 for 1957, a significant decline. Using the
formula of—
Number of separations
 X ioo
Total enrolment including casuals
as a measure of the degree of staff turnover, the turnover for 1958 was—
1,979
 X100—21.36
9,263
For comparison purposes, this formula is applied to similar figures for recent postwar years, as follows:—
Year
Total
Separations
Enrolment!
at Dec. 31
Turnover
Rate
1949	
1,255
1,418
1,963
1,992
2,187
2,529
2,388
2,637
2,689
1,979
7,345
7,694
7,994
8,543
8,543
8,523
8,893
9,270
9,621
9,263
17.09
1950 	
18.43
1951	
24.56
1952	
23.32
1953 	
25.60
1954    .... .
26.67
1955..       	
26.85
1956         ..      .
28.45
1957
27.84
1958	
21.36
1 Including casual employees.
As indicated toward the end of 1957, the turnover rate declined considerably during
1958, to the lowest level since before 1951.
The turnover rates (in terms of percentage separations are to enrolment in the
group), according to the classification groups during the past three years, were as
follows:—
Group
Year
1956
1957
1958
32
26
33
18
32
25
21
20
20
15
9
17 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT
X 11
The figures for 1958 indicate a much more satisfactory and balanced condition than
those during the past few years. The professional group is still unsatisfactory, and perhaps only the forthcoming increases in university graduating classes will materially
improve the situation. The reduction in turnover in the clerical group is a change that
has already been reflected in increased efficiency. The time that has been saved in training
a smaller number of recruits has resulted in staff reductions and the handling of increased
work volumes by existing staffs. From present indications, it appears unlikely that the
turnover figures will change significantly in 1959.
The reasons for turnover are roughly tabulated in Table 6 of the Appendix. One
thousand five hundred and thirteen resigned from the Service, 66 were superannuated,
24 died, 53 transferred from the Civil Service, 333 (including 121 of the Tranquille
Hospital) concluded their appointments, and 36 were dismissed for cause.
According to termination of employment reports to the Commission, reasons given
during the past six years are detailed percentagewise (that is, percentage of total reported
separations), as follows:—
Reasons for Leaving
Per Cent
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
9
17
12
8
18
7
29
8
18
12
8
201
4
30
9
19
13
7
26i
4
22
7
22
14
9
371
4
7
5
26
11
9
331
5
11
7
34
10
111 health...	
9
26>
6
Miscellaneous or unknown	
8
1 Includes enlistment in Her Majesty's forces.
It is significant, as this tabulation shows, that 1958 reveals a substantial increase for
separations due to uncontrollable marital reasons, and a substantial decrease for the
reasons of accepting other employment.
Greater efficiency and stability is also indicated by the reduction in the number of
dismissals for cause, being thirty-six as opposed to sixty-four in 1957. The following
tabulation indicates the number of suspensions, dismissals, and probationary period
extensions during the past seven years:—
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
Number of Civil Servants whose probationary periods
were extended—    .— ..
Number of Civil Servants  who were  suspended   from
68
8
53
49
11
64
61
10
54
59
4
52
56
2
42
58
3
64
50
8
Number of Civil Servants who were dismissed  	
36
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY EXAMINATIONS
Generally assembled examinations for the establishment of eligibility lists or direct
appointment in beginning stenographic, clerical, business-machine operators, and draughting grades were held in Victoria, Vancouver, and Essondale centres.
At the Victoria centre a total of 652 applicants were tested. Of this number, 407
or 58 per cent qualified as follows:— X  12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Classification
Number
Examined
Number
Qualified
Per Cent
Qualified
Clerk-Typist 	
Junior Clerk -..	
Clerk—Grade 1. 	
Clerk-Stenographer—Grade 1__
Clerk-Stenographer—Grade 2..
Junior Draughtsman 	
Draughtsman—Grade 1 	
Draughtsman—Grade 2	
Senior Draughtsman .
Field Survey Assistant—Grade 2..
Field Survey Assistant—Grade 3..
Mapping Assistant—Grade 2	
Mapping Assistant—Grade 4	
Computer 	
202
169
113
52
72
14
7
5
4
1
7
3
2
1
108
114
67
33
51
9
7
1
3
1
7
3
2
1
Totals .
652
407
53
67
59
63
71
64
100
20
75
100
100
100
100
100
58
At the Vancouver centre 240 wrote examinations, of which 181 or 75 per cent
qualified. At Essondale, steno-clerical tests were administered to eighty-one applicants,
of which seventy-seven or 95 per cent qualified. In examinations for truck-driver, five
of the nineteen applicants passed, or 27 per cent.
Percentage of Qualifications on General Eligibility Examinations for
Initial Entrance to Some Junior Level Grades
Centre
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Victoria  _	
71
67
64
66
61
66
62
57
58
Vancouver	
C1)
88
72
84
89
69
83
84
75
Essondale2 	
(s)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
69
68
86
95
1 No record.
3 Includes only steno-clerical grades.
3 No centre.
COMPETITIONS FOR PROMOTION
Of the number of vacancies offering promotional opportunities, 369 or 65 per cent
were filled from within the Service and 197 or 35 per cent were filled from outside the
Service. The number of promotional appointments made from one department to another
department amounted to the not insignificant number of seventy, or 19 per cent. This
latter figure is significant because it indicates that successful efforts are being exerted
against tendencies, common in many services, of departmental insularity.
The following tabulation illustrates the operation of the promotional policy during
the past three years:—
1955
1956
1957
1958
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
373
318
54
46
361
646
36
64
384
346
53
47
369
197
65
Outside appointments	
35
Totals	
Promotions made from  one  department to another	
691
44
100
12
1,007
67
100
19
730
60
100
15
566             100
1
1
70      |        19
Total number of requisitions pro-
2.626
4,404
4.151
2,772 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT X  13
In the Mental Health Services, included in the above tabulation, there were forty-nine
promotions made from the eligibility list to assistant and charge psychiatric nursing
positions.
IN-SERVICE TRAINING
As reported in the Chief Personnel Officer's report (see page 18), the Executive
Development Training Course had another successful year, with the completion of
second-year courses by the first class and the first-year courses by the second class.
A third class of thirty students started the first-year courses in September. Sixty-four
assessors and appraisers from various departments and some municipalities completed
correspondence courses and attended a two-week institute, and wrote an Appraiser I
Course leading to accreditation by the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Arrangements for
further courses were completed for 1959.
For the first year since 1950 it was impossible to conduct supervisory training courses.
However, it is planned to resume them in 1959.
THE VANCOUVER OFFICE
During 1958 this office continued to be engaged in recruiting and placing personnel,
assessing positions for classification purposes, conducting staff and organizational surveys,
and investigating grievances and advising officials on matters relating to personnel practices as they concern the Government offices and institutions situated on the Lower
Mainland.
Recruiting and placement activities carried out during the year resulted in a total
of 593 appointments (777 in 1957) to fill a wide variety of clerical, technical, and
professional positions.
As in previous years, all candidates for clerical and stenographic positions were
subjected to qualifying examinations. Formal written examinations were utilized also
as a factor in the selection of personnel in technical classifications more extensively than
had been done previously. The following table provides a summary of the clerical and
stenographic examinations administered:—
Passed        Failed
Junior Clerk  27 4
Clerk—Grade 1  42 11
Clerk-Typist—Grades 1 and 2  53 25
Clerk-Stenographers   59 19
Totals        181 59
Grand total, 240
During 1958 this office continued to provide assistance in recruiting personnel to
departments of government which do not employ Civil Servants, and appreciation for
such co-operation has been expressed by the supervisory officials of the Gaol Service,
University Endowment Lands, and the Toll Highways and Bridges Authority.
During the past year this office completed fifty-three investigations relative to position classifications and organizational requirements and continued checking the duties of
positions becoming vacant to determine if changes in classification were warranted before
a new appointment was made.
THE ESSONDALE OFFICE
For the first time since the opening of the Essondale office, complete recruiting for
the Mental Health Services was assumed by the Commission. This was done in January,
when the Essondale office was able to take full control of the recruitment and selection of
psychiatric nurses and aides. This step resulted in the saving of considerable time of the X 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
senior nursing staff, thus allowing more time for their professional duties. It is to be
expected that the selection of personnel will also improve, and there are signs to this effect.
Extensive advertising for qualified psychiatric nurses was continued throughout
British Columbia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. During the year forty-two psychiatric nurses who were graduates from schools other than Essondale were hired; sixteen
of these were hired from Great Britain. In response to a recent policy of continuous
advertising, 102 inquiries, including eighty from Great Britain, have been received and
were being processed at the close of the year. The following tabulation shows the results
of recruitment efforts in 1958.
Recruitment of Psychiatric Nurses, 1958
Essondale graduates, 1958 class  80
Essondale graduates, other than 1958 class  81
Non-Essondale graduates—
Great Britain  16
Saskatchewan  10
Manitoba  13
Alberta  3
Total   203
Percentage of non-Essondale graduates 20.6
Percentage of non-Essondale graduates hired, excluding 1958
graduating class     34
Female psychiatric nurses hired  154
Male psychiatric nurses hired     49
Generally, recruitment was favourable, with no difficulties in obtaining applicants,
except in some professional areas such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers,
and dieticians.
During 1958 the Essondale office processed 781 appointments, as opposed to 1,217
in 1957. Of these appointments, sixty-seven were to new positions and forty-nine were
promotional appointments to assistant and charge psychiatric nursing positions. There
were eighty-six formal competitions, including local postings for which there were 586
applicants. Of these, 277 or 47 per cent were interviewed, resulting in eighty-eight
appointments. The remaining appointments—namely, 693, including nurses—were
directly selected after interview and examination of qualifications.
CLASSIFICATION AND SALARY PLAN
As reported by the Chief Personnel Officer, position classification reviews continued
at approximately the same number as during 1957. Because of the change of personnel,
no complete record, as in former years, was kept. Position classification studies and
recommendations resulted in the deletion of twenty-nine titles, the institution of thirty-
two new titles, changes in forty-one titles, and increase in salaries for thirty-two classifications.
The implementation, retroactive to July 1st, 1957, of revised salaries to the entire
Government service involved a huge task upon both the Classification Division and the
Salary Recording Section. The salaries or salary ranges for practically all positions
were revised upwards to the amount of IVi per cent additional to the Government's
payroll.
The volatile wage situation in industry and business makes it imperative for the
Classification Division to be constantly conducting wage surveys in various occupational
areas. The results of these surveys are discussed with departments of the Government
and with employee associations who make salary representations to the Government. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT X 15
DEPARTMENTAL ESTABLISHMENTS
The following tabulation illustrates the number of positions added to and the number of positions deleted from the permanent establishment of the various departments
during the year:—
Number of Positions Added to and Deleted from Establishments
Department
Agriculture  _
Addition
          1
Deletion
l
Attorney-General	
          1
Education	
             5
Health 	
       1
122
Hospital Insurance	
. ■ .      :
Welfare 	
Highways   	
24
Industrial Development, Trade,
Labour  _. 	
and Commerce—      2
Lands 	
       2
Forests 	
Mines 	
1
Municipal Affairs -     	
Provincial Secretary 	
     95
3
Public Utilities Commission	
       1
Public Works  .
19
Railways         	
1
Recreation and Conservation
Totals	
  108
171
Formal organization studies were completed in nine branches, and a number of
miscellaneous studies, as outlined in the Chief Personnel Officer's report, were carried out.
SICK AND SPECIAL LEAVE
Sick-leave granted during the twelve-month period from October 1st, 1957, to
September 30th, 1958, totalled 62,097 days—51,111 days with pay and 10,986 days
without pay, an average of 6.54 days (see Table 5, Appendix), an increase of 0.69 day
over the average for the previous twelve-month period, 5.85 days. These figures do not
include sick-leave granted under the Workmen's Compensation Board and under the
Department of Veterans' Affairs section of the Sick-leave Regulations. The average
number of days' sick-leave per employee for the past nine years is shown hereunder,
and may be found interesting for comparison purposes:—
Year
Ended
Sept. 30
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
The average daily salary for the year from October 1st, 1957, to September 30th,
1958, was $14.03, thus the cost of sick-leave with pay for the above 51,111 days was
$717,087. However, in most instances the absences were not of lengthy duration and
required no payment for relief assistance.
Average
per
Employee
      ____ 5.3
Year
Ended
Sept. 30
1955	
1956
Average
per
Employee
:     5.5
                       6.2
5.6
          :_■-   6.0
1957 -
--   5.85
           r  6.4
1958 	
_    6.54
 6.6 X 16 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Twenty-seven employees were granted special leave of absence for the purpose of
training with Reserve units of Her Majesty's forces. Two employees were granted leave
to serve with the United Nations Organization in South-east Asia.
Special leave of absence for the purpose of further training and study, for varying
periods, was granted to fifty employees, some with assistance provided, as in previous
years, from Federal health grant funds.
A report of the activity of the Employees' Health Service in Victoria is included in
the Annual Report of the Health Branch, Department of Health and Welfare.
GRIEVANCES
No formal grievances were presented to the Commission during the year.
CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
With the full co-operation of the various departments, a revision was effected in
the system of merit rating, so as to eliminate unnecessary reporting by decreasing the
number of reports upon the great mass of generally satisfactory employees. At the same
time, some reporting was extended to cover many classes, such as single salary classifications, which previously had only been reported upon when completing probationary
appointments. In brief, more employees will be reported upon, but not so frequently
as heretofore. The manual of instruction to supervisors on how to rate employees was
also revised.
As an aid in the recruitment of professional personnel, the Commission issued a
booklet entitled "Careers in the British Columbia Civil Service for University Graduates," which is being placed in the University and colleges and is available to high-school
counsellors.
The usual certificates, signed by the Premier, testifying to twenty-five years of
service, were sent to thirty-two employees.
By Order in Council No. 2426/58, the regulations governing the application of the
" Unemployment Insurance Act" to Provincial Government employees was amended to
exempt registered nurses from the regulations.
The schedule bond, covering all Provincial Government employees, was renewed for
a three-year period, as a result of a public call for tenders, again at a very satisfactory
premium price. The coverage for each employee was increased from $10,000 to $50,000.
The Chairman of the Commission appeared as the principal witness for the counsel
who presented the Government's case to the Board of Reference inquiring into the
operation of the "Civil Service Act" in respect to the Government's relations with its
employees.
In June it was the pleasant duty of the Chairman to preside over the Western
Regional Conference of the Public Personnel Association, in Vancouver. The conference, composed of delegates from many government agencies from Western North
America and Hawaii, was addressed by speakers of national and international repute.
You, as Provincial Secretary, were extremely gracious in bringing the good wishes of our
Government to the conference.
Good personnel selection results in a satisfied public and efficient service. The
Commission's personnel office in Vancouver has actively assisted the Toll Highways and
Bridges Authority in its selection of staff, a task which the Commission is only too
pleased to render. Soon after the opening of the Nelson Toll Bridge, the Nelson Daily
News reported in part:—
" While much has been said regarding Nelson's new toll bridge and the charge for
crossing it, no mention has been made of the men who staff the toll station, . . . it is
to be congratulated on its selection of personnel. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT
X 17
"As ambassadors of good will for the city, Nelson would have a difficult time
selecting a better group of people.   .   .   ."
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Once more the Commission renews its annual thanks to all departments of Government and to the various Provincial and Federal Civil Service Commissions for the wholehearted co-operation received. The Government Agents of the Department of Finance
have again rendered ready assistance in supervising local recruitment in the junior level
steno-clerical positions. The Commission also stands indebted to you, as Provincial Secretary, for your ready assistance, goodwill, and understanding.
To each member of its technical and clerical staffs, it wishes to express acknowledgment for good work and loyal support.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.
H. M. Morrison, Chairman.
J. V. Fisher, Member.
E. R. Rickinson, Member.
■■
. X  18 BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT OF THE CHIEF PERSONNEL OFFICER
A. G. Richardson, M.A.
The bulk of the technical work during the first quarter of the year, apart from classification reviews, was concerned with wage adjustments and the implementation of the
general wage increase on a retroactive basis to July 1st, 1957. During the remainder of
the year the classification staff was occupied with wage surveys, classification reviews, and
miscellaneous assignments.
Wage surveys involved a large number of separate surveys covering every type of
worker within the Civil Service as well as a number outside of the Civil Service. These,
in conjunction with the Bureau of Economics and Statistics wage survey, were used to
compile a comprehensive report on salaries. In this connection, numerous meetings were
held with officials of the British Columbia Government Employees' Association, which
also completed many wage surveys. Results were compared, argued, and discussed, and
eventually the great majority of appropriate wage rates were agreed upon. There was
disagreement on a few classes, such as clerical workers and psychiatric nurses, and the
general secretary of the Employees' Association and the Chief Personnel Officer presented
their views to the Civil Service Commission in these cases.
The classification reviews continued at approximately the same number as the previous year, though no complete record was kept due to the change in personnel. The
percentage of reviews resulting in a recommendation for no change increased. One
Personnel Officer recommended no change in 50 per cent of his reviews and another
30 per cent.
A number of studies of establishment and organization were completed. They were
as follows:—
(1) Civil Service Commission Professional Staff.
(2) Official Administrator's Office.
(3) Engineering Positions in the Water Rights Branch.
(4) Department of Recreation and Conservation, Parks Branch.
(5) Personnel Function, Department of Finance.
( 6 )  Civil Defence Organization.
(7 ) Department of Education—Senior Positions.
(8) Administration Branch, Department of Mines.
(9) Accounting Office, Department of Lands.
Miscellaneous studies included:—
(1) Arranging Temporary Transfers of Staffs during Peak Periods.
(2) Promotions of Clerk-Stenographers—Grade 2 on Basis of Production and
Merit Standards.
(3) Survey of Procedures with Respect to Vacations and Statutory Holidays.
(4) Review of Service Bonus.
(5) Review of Shift Overlaps in Mental Hospitals.
(6) Revision of Employee Ratings.
(7) Surveys of Fringe Benefits.
(8) Survey of Leave for Pregnancy.
(9) Survey of Substitution Regulations.
TRAINING
The Executive Development Training Course continued successfully during the year.
Twenty-one departmental officers completed the second year of training and twenty-nine
completed the first year of the course. These employees attended a two-week institute at
the University of British Columbia, and the marks were uniformly very good. In addition,
thirty employees were selected for the third class, which commenced in September, 1958. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT
X 19
A sub-committee was established to assess the training programme during the 1958/59
term. Subjects in the third (and final year) include Public Finance, Statistics, and
Personnel Management.
Three editions of " Supervision—Tips for Supervisors " were distributed to all
supervisors.
In conjunction with the Appraisal Institute of Canada and with the assistance of the
British Columbia Department of Education and the Federal Department of Labour, two
courses in Appraisal I were given to Provincial Government employees and to municipal
assessors. Sixty-seven candidates completed the correspondence section of the course and
attended a two-week institute. All candidates wrote qualifying examinations administered
by the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and sixty-four were successful in the Appraisal I
examination.
Arrangements have now been made to give two courses in Appraisal II and one
course in Appraisal I in 1959. Candidates who successfully complete Appraisal II can
then proceed on their own time to become accredited appraisers. It is felt that these
courses will raise the standard of appraisals of land and real property.
The Commission is greatly indebted to the British Columbia Department of Education, the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and the senior employees who formed the committee entrusted with making the arrangements for these courses. X  20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
APPENDIX
STATISTICS
Table 1.—Enrolments in the Civil Service from 1933 to 1958
(as at December 31st, since 1946)
Year Enrolment
1933/34  1,424
1934/35  1,484
1935/36  1,541
1936/37  1,607
1937/38  1,718
1938/39  1,889
1939/40  1,941
1940/41  1,951
1941 /42  1,851
1942/43  1,822
1943/44  2,018
1944/45  2,159
Apr. 1, 1945, to Dec. 31, 1946 4,664
1 Exclusive of 578 casual employees.
2 Exclusive of 755 casual employees.
3 Exclusive of 872 casual employees.
4 Exclusive of 899 casual employees.
6 Exclusive of 914 casual employees.
Year
1947..
Enrolment
-. 5,425
1948  6,417
1949.
1950..
195L.
1952..
1953..
  7,345
    7,694
  7,994
  8,543
  8,543
1954  7,9451
1955   8,1382
1956  8,3983
1957  8,7224
1958  8,349 5
Table 2.-
-Appointments Made by the Civil Service Commission
from 1933 to December 31st, 1958
Year
Probationary        Casual
Permanent
Total
1933/34  __  -	
1934/35  _ 	
1935/36   	
1936/37... 	
1937/38.._   	
1938/39  	
1939/40	
1940/41  	
1941/42   _...
1942/43 	
1943/44	
1944/45	
April 1st, 1945, to December 31st, 1946
1947  	
1948  _	
1949  	
1950    _	
1951 	
1952	
1953 	
1954 	
1955	
1956   	
1957  	
1958   	
1,230
984
1,191
1,417
1,193
1,149
1,264
170
248
258
279
297
328
342
356
352
474
491
547
2,058
2,048
2,041
507
441
600
673
473
533
1,030
923
851
686
98
85
78
104
185
133
146
121
88
173
184
155
1,245
815
867
370
290
339
378
390
438
332
1,786
1,943
885
I
268
333
336
383
482
461
488
477
440
647
675
702
3,303
2,863
2,908
2,107
1,715
2,130
2,468
2,056
2,120
2,626
2,709
2,794
1,571
Note.—From 1945 to 1948, probationary appointments are included in the " Casual" column. From and including
1956, probationary appointments are counted as permanent, and are not counted again when officially confirmed as
permanent. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT
X 21
Table 3.—Number of Civil Servants Enrolled in Departments of Government
as at December 31st, 1958, according to Appointment and Sex
Department
Permanent and Probationary
Male
Female
Total
116
314
141
407
56
259
50
270
65
13
1,205
25
362
6
46
482
102
155
2
44
269
214
269
20
698
42
39
20
4
1,209
29
109
2
25
38
103
345
2
160
583
355
676
76
957
92
309
85
17
2,414
54
Highways       	
471
8
71
520
205
500
626          |              168
794
Totals        .             	
4,700          |          3,649           |          8,349
1                               1
Table 4.—Number of Casual Employees Enrolled in Departments of Government
as at December 3 1st, 1958, according to Sex
Department
Casual
Male
Female
Total
Premier's Office    	
5
12
3
15
4
33
11
131
91
80
1
13
68
5
46
10
12
50
4
3
176
1
39
1
15
3
21
61
10
58
13
27
4
83
15
3
307
1
130
1
Public Works _ - _   	
95
4
34
129
Totals           	
467
447
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Dismissed
Finished
Transferred O.S.
Cancelled
2
5
3
6
6
3
1
1
1
14
8
4
1
4
7
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61
90
7
294
10
36
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2
524
4
67
1
6
38
36
116
97
1
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6
5
2
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2
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3
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3
1
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1
4
3
2
2
14
18
24
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121
1
6
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65
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7
21
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2
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16
11
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3
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1
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4
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1,513
24
36
333
53
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in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959
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