The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) has been monitoring the progress of collective bargaining in the federal public service for the purpose of tracking and reporting on the impact that settlements are having on groups that have traditionally been the primary feeder groups for EX vacancies.
As of December 31, 2017, all of the traditional feeder groups have benefited from multi-year base salary increases and as a non-executive, many now earn as much or more than would be the case if they accepted an entry-level executive position.
The following chart summarizes the current salary maximums of the top feeder groups for EX positions. With no change to EX rates of pay since April 1, 2015, the chart highlights the fact that the list of groups and levels earning close to or more than an EX-1 or EX-2 is not isolated to a few situations.
APEX is concerned that salary compression and inversion is having a significant impact on our ability to attract and retain top executive talent.
While many of the issues reported in the recent APEX 2017 Executive Work and Health survey will require a concerted and longer term effort to address, compensation is one that can be addressed, even if only to ensure parity with the settlements reached for unionized groups. We believe that a resolution of economic increases for 2016-17, 2017-18 and soon 2018-19 would be well received and an indication that the executive community is recognized as a key asset within the federal public service workforce.