City says turnover rates are equal for men and women in leadership positions

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Overall, the city experienced a turnover rate of 7.1% last year, which was significantly higher than usual.

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Two Calgary councilors continue to search for answers as data shows women quit City Hall jobs at a higher rate than men in 2021, though the turnover rate is almost the same for women and men in leadership positions.

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Overall, the city experienced a turnover rate of 7.1% last year, significantly higher than usual. In pre-pandemic years, the city administration recorded a voluntary turnover rate of 4.7% in 2018 and 4.6% in 2019.

Women working for the city had a voluntary turnover rate of 7.6% in 2021, compared to 6.8% for men, according to city data. However, women in leadership positions had a turnover rate of 10.3%, while men had a rate of 10.9%.

Com. Sonya Sharp raised concerns at a council meeting in April about women leaving jobs in the city, specifically pointing to five women in senior positions who left within months of each other.

“There were more people who stopped, and again women, there are two that I have been informed of,” Sharp said on the phone Wednesday.

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“There are also men who leave the company, we know that. I would say on the surface, we’ve seen more women lately as we leave.

She said she wanted to know more about why staff left and why there were more women overall who left in 2021. With the city currently undergoing a realignment project, the Ward 1 Councilor said several factors could be at play.

“We have to bring something to dig a little deeper,” Sharp said.

Sharp, who worked for city government for 20 years before her election to council in October, said she and the council. Jennifer Wyness will work together to learn more about turnover rates and concerns about women leaving City Hall.

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Wyness said she heard some women in town worry about their jobs, but weren’t comfortable offering them.

“When you hear things and their stories are indicative of a problem, you just have to keep digging to get to the root in a massive organization like the city,” said Wyness, who represents Ward 2.

Councilors Richard Pootmans, left, Jennifer Wyness, Dan McLean and Courtney Walcott at the last Calgary council meeting before the Christmas holidays on Monday, December 20, 2021.
Councilors Richard Pootmans, left, Jennifer Wyness, Dan McLean and Courtney Walcott at the last Calgary council meeting before the Christmas holidays on Monday, December 20, 2021. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

In a statement to Postmedia, city officials said the turnover rate for permanent employees is relatively low and is being actively monitored compared to other municipalities through the Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada. According to this data, the City of Calgary has the second lowest voluntary turnover rate among 16 other Canadian municipalities, including Toronto and Winnipeg.

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“The City of Calgary strives to create a safe and inclusive work environment where everyone feels valued and respected,” the statement said.

“We recognize the value of gender equity and diversity in our workplace. We intentionally work to remove barriers for women and other underrepresented groups. »

During a presentation to council in April, City Manager David Duckworth said the high number of resignations and retirements in 2021 was largely due to the end of the city’s retirement allowance.

The previous board voted in 2019 to remove an over-50 allowance for employees who retire no earlier than December 31, 2021. Duckworth said many left due to the removal of this allowance, but noted that some had also declared city wages. are no longer competitive with the private sector.

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The average number of annual retirements from 2017 to 2020 was 350, while 2021 saw 608 retirements. The city says the number of retirements has slowed in the first months of 2022 to levels below previous levels.

The city said in the release that the voluntary turnover rate in 2022 is on track to be much lower than in 2021 for both men and women.

“Voluntary turnover of senior leaders is also relatively low and does not show a significant difference between men and women,” the city said.

City data was current as of March 31 and included the city manager, chief executives, directors and managers in the senior executive data. It showed a zero percent turnover rate among senior management for the first quarter of 2022.

At the level just below management, there were four resignations – two men and two women – between January 1 and April 14, 2022, according to the city statement.

The city added that promotion rates were increasing, with women promoted this year at a rate of 2.6% and men at 1.8%. In 2021, this figure was 1.1% for women and 1.2% for men.

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