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    FSA Member Resignation and Retirements Spiking

    FSA Member Resignation and Retirements Spiking

    Resignations and retirements by FSA staff have risen dramatically in 2018. As of September 10, 45 FSA members have resigned or retired from BCIT this year. That already surpasses the twelve-month total of 40 in 2014, the highest of the previous five years. Between 2013 and 2017, the FSA averaged less than 33 resignations and retirements a year. Currently, we are on pace to see 60 FSA members quit in 2018, which would be more than 5% of our members who are regular employees. Information is not available regarding departure rates for members in Part-Time Studies and temporary employees who choose not to continue working at BCIT.

    While demographics are likely a factor, the low point over the previous five years came just two years ago. In 2016, only 26 FSA members left BCIT. Increasingly uncompetitive salaries, higher costs of living, and increasingly workloads also may be contributing factors. The drain on staffing comes at a time when recruitment is a growing challenge for many departments. Resignations and retirements are counted together as anecdotal information shows that many retiring members choose to continue their careers elsewhere, whether at other institutions or in the private sector.

    Graph showing resignations & retirements

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  • Posted by Kevin Cudihee on September 14, 2018, 5:52 pm

    Computing Part-time Studies is the largest single PTS area at BCIT. We represent approximately 10% of all BCIT-PTS activity. This based on the numbers of students, courses, programs and instructors. For many years we had very little attrition and continual growth. We had been fortunate that our CST degree grads wanted to come back and teach at night. We are at a point now where we are over subscribed and in several cases over loaded. It is very hard to attract talent with the latest skill sets. My biggest problem lately is recruiting new instructors to teach on PTS contract. Over the last 18 months we had 10 new hires and as of this term 6 are not returning. This is due mainly to the pay for total hours incurred. PTS instructors are only paid for in class hours. The workload in PTS may include 2-3 hours per week outside of class for every 1 hour in the classroom. The majority of those not returning have cited total pay as the issue. Part of that is not being remunerated outside of class. Many of these people can work as consultants and bill $150+ per hour in industry. Their billable time in industry includes prep time as well as face time and answering email. Many of our PTS instructors teach at BCIT to give back to the community. We have a situation now where our grads can make higher income than our instructors. If something doesn’t happen soon to change how we remunerate PTS we will have a major problem hiring instructors. This is also happening in full-time. Keep in mind that PTS revenues offset total institute expenditures. Currently we have significant growth in PTS, however this is not sustainable unless we can bring new instructors onboard. We need to be able attract the top talent to teach at BCIT. Paying PTS instructors based on workload is an immediate problem. This must be resolved in the short term.

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