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Public sector workers feel sting of precarious jobs, data shows

Despite its vow to tackle precarious employment, almost half of the Ontario government’s own job postings last year were for temporary positions, data obtained by the Star shows.

In a province where around one-third of all jobs are insecure, a full 44 per cent of the 10,682 jobs posted and filled at Ontario ministries in 2013/2014 were temporary or seasonal, according to documents accessed through a freedom of information request. Those figures exclude student summer jobs.

Six ministries hired more temporary than permanent employees last year, including Correctional Services, Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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