Each fiscal year we conduct a Merit Performance Audit for over 260 public service appointments to determine whether:
The hiring process properly conducted
The person appointed to the position qualified
We provide the individual audit results to the responsible deputy minister or organization head so they know the status of merit-based hiring within their organization and how hiring practices may be improved. Our audit findings are not intended to override or overturn decisions made by hiring managers. Instead, we hope our findings will help hiring managers to improve future hiring practices.
Overall audit results are provided to the Legislative Assembly and the BC Public Service Agency so they are aware of the status of merit-based hiring throughout the BC Public Service. This information is also available on our website.
Each quarter of a fiscal year we select a random sample of appointments. The purpose of using a random sample of appointments is to ensure our results represent the state of hiring in the BC Public Service. We request appointment information from the responsible deputy ministers and organization heads. Once we have obtained competition documentation, we audit the file as per the following steps.
Examine Competition File
With respect to the hiring process, we review the overall approach and the five common stages of the hiring process:
Interviewing and testing
Past work performance
Years of continuous service
With respect to the individual being appointed, we review their application and monitor their progress through the hiring process (e.g., testing, interviewing, reference checks).
Evaluate Against Standards
With respect to the hiring process, we evaluate whether it met the requirements of the Public Service Act and, the relevant policy requirements and collective agreements provisions.
We also evaluate the fairness of the hiring process for:
Open and transparent process
Objective and job-related assessments
Fair and equitable treatment
With respect to the person appointed, we review their qualifications stated in their application and their performance in accordance with the mandatory requirements and established standards. We also compare their overall rank in the process with their final status. Based on this information, we evaluate if they were qualified to be appointed to the position.
For each audited appointment, the Merit Commissioner makes two findings. These findings are whether:
The recruitment and selection process was based on merit
The individual appointed was qualified
For each audited appointment the Merit Commissioner also determines where there was sufficient and appropriate documentation to support the hiring decision.
We review and compare all of our Merit Performance Audit findings for quality and consistency.
For each audited appointment, we provide a report to the responsible deputy minister or organization head.
We also analyze the overall findings which are contained in the annual Merit Performance Report. This report is:
The Merit Commissioner and the staff of the office would like to acknowledge that we are living and working with gratitude and respect on the traditional territories of the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia.