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2011 Public Service Employee Survey

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The 2011 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) was conducted from August 29 to October 7, 2011. The public service–wide response rate was 72.2 per cent, which is the highest rate since the first survey in 1999.

Following is a list of results of the 2011 PSES and other information:

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Available formats

Data file Description

Supporting documentation [XLS file, 0.99 MB]

Contains a list of all the survey questions; the definitions of codes used in the database; the specifications used in creating the positive, neutral and negative categories; and the layout of the data.

2011 PSES results [.csv file, 86.10MB]

Main 2011 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) data in .csv format. Contains the following:

  • Public service-wide results;
  • Department/agency results;
  • Overall public service and department/agency results by demographic characteristics; and
  • Department/agency results by organizational levels.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

Please note: The number of rows in this file may exceed the number of rows permitted by some software.

2008 PSES results [.csv file, 39.63MB]

2008 PSES data in .csv format. Contains the following:

  • Public service-wide results;
  • Department/agency results;
  • Overall public service by demographic characteristics; and
  • Department/agency results by demographic characteristics.

Only questions repeated in the 2011 survey are included. 2008 question numbers have been modified to correspond to the 2011 question numbers. View a comparison of 2011 and 2008 PSES questions for the concordance of questions between 2008 and 2011.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

Please note: The number of rows in this file may exceed the number of rows permitted by some software.

2011 public service-wide results [CSV file, 33KB]

Contains the 2011 PSES overall results for the public service by question.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

2008 public service-wide results [XML file, 181KB]

Contains the 2008 PSES overall results for the public service by question.

Only questions repeated in the 2011 survey are included. 2008 question numbers have been modified to correspond to the 2011 question numbers. View a comparison of 2011 and 2008 PSES questions for the concordance of questions between 2008 and 2011.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

2011 public service-wide and department/agency results [XLS file, 2.42 MB]

Contains the 2011 public service-wide and department/agency results with no demographic or organizational level breakdown.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

2008 public service-wide and department/agency results [XML file, 13.56 MB]

Contains the 2008 public service-wide and department/agency results with no demographic or organizational level breakdown.

Only questions repeated in the 2011 survey are included. 2008 question numbers have been modified to correspond to the 2011 question numbers. View a comparison of 2011 and 2008 PSES questions for the concordance of questions between 2008 and 2011.

Refer to the supporting documentation for the definitions of the codes and acronyms used in the data file.

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