89% of employees feel they have support at work to balance work and personal life.

CSE offers a competitive wage structure and generous benefit packages that make CSE a very attractive place to work.

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Pay for professionals

When we post job opportunities, we note a salary range on each job poster. All of our non-executive positions, which includes everything from clerical workers to technical leads to managers, are classified as Unison Market Allowance (UNMA) or Unison (UNI) level, which are unique to CSE. There are 8 levels within our UNMA categories (UNMA-04 to UNMA-11) and 11 levels within our UNI categories (UNI-01 to UNI-11).

Positions paid according to the UNMA pay scale are those in which the position’s primary duties require the performance of computer science administration and/or engineering functions. All other positions will be paid according to the UNI pay scale.

As a CSE employee you will receive an incremental increase each year according to their level, as specified in the Collective agreement – Anniversary date.

Current annual rates of UNMA pay
Level Minimum Maximum
UNMA-11 $150,692 $174,097
UNMA-10 $133,341 $154,132
UNMA-09 $118,287 $136,757
UNMA-08 $109,952 $127,176
UNMA-07 $100,840 $116,975
UNMA-06 $88,904 $103,445
UNMA-05 $74,108 $86,609
UNMA-04 $65,482 $76,839
Current annual rates of UNI pay
Level Minimum Maximum
UNI-11 $132,642 $156,046
UNI-10 $117,807 $138,598
UNI-09 $104,700 $123,172
UNI-08 $97,603 $114,825
UNI-07 $91,448 $107,583
UNI-06 $82,384 $96,922
UNI-05 $70,845 $83,348
UNI-04 $63,851 $75,210
UNI-03 $57,289 $68,762
UNI-02 $51,619 $62,849
UNI-01 $44,867 $54,253

Pay for students

CSE student salaries are determined as per the grids below. A typical work week is 37.5 hours

University undergraduate or college
Work term Rate of pay
Hourly Weekly (37.5 hrs)
First $23.27 $873
Second $25.15 $943
Third $26.52 $995
Fourth $27.75 $1,041
Fifth $29.41 $1,103
Sixth $30.93 $1,160
Seventh $33.01 $1,238
Completed academic semester Rate of pay
Hourly Weekly (37.5 hrs)
1 $26.60 $998
2 $27.31 $1,024
3 $29.19 $1,095
4 $31.47 $1,181
Year completed Rate of pay
Hourly Weekly (37.5 hrs)
1 $29.49 $1,106
2 $31.72 $1,190
3 $34.63 $1,299
4 $37.77 $1,417

For students joining CSE from outside the National Capital Region, we will reimburse you for some moving expenses at the beginning and at the end of your work term.

For more information regarding our Student Program, please email

Vacation and leave allowances – for professionals

At CSE, you have access to a variety of paid and unpaid leave options.

Snapshot of CSE paid leave allowances
Vacation leave Starting at 15 days per year
Sick leave credits 15 days per year
Family-related responsibilities 5 days per year
Personal leave 2 days per year
Maternity/parental allowance Topped up to 93% of pay

You can take paid leave for various reasons, including:

  • medical appointments
  • court duty
  • bereavement

Unpaid leave is also available at the discretion of your supervisor for other reasons, including religious observances.

You can also choose to take Leave with Income Averaging. At CSE, this allows you to take an extra three to twelve weeks of unpaid leave, with the salary deductions spread across your pay cheques for the year.

Employees in other public service departments who choose Leave with Income Averaging must take a minimum of five weeks.

Flexible work hours

We offer several options to help employees add balance to their lives:

  • flexible hours
  • compressed hours
  • telework

Health benefits and dental care

CSE employees are covered by the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).

This plan covers you and your dependents for:

  • prescription drugs (80%)
  • vision care (80%)
  • dental treatment (80%)
  • treatment by medical practitioners (80%):
    • physiotherapist
    • psychologist
    • massage therapist
    • speech-language pathologist
    • chiropractor
  • supplemental hospital accommodation (100%)

Annual limits do apply to some categories.

CSE employees are covered by the Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP).

This plan is designed to cover specific dental services and supplies that are not covered under your provincial or territorial health care or dental care plan.

This includes:

  • basic and preventive dental services (90%)
  • major dental procedures (50%)
  • orthodontic services (50%)

Insurance and other benefits

Eligible CSE employees who become totally disabled and are unable to work have access to long-term disability insurance benefits under the Disability Insurance Plan. The monthly taxable benefit is equal to 70 per cent of your monthly salary.

Once you have at least two years of pensionable service, your eligible survivor will be entitled to a survivor benefit and your eligible children to a child allowance.

In addition, the Supplementary Death Benefit will be payable as a lump-sum to your designated beneficiary or to your estate.

Pension plan

CSE employees are federal public service employees and participate in the public service pension plan.

This is a contributory, defined benefit plan where employees receive a pension at retirement.

  • both the employees and the employer contribute to the plan
  • employees contribute a percentage of their salary through payroll deductions
  • the value of the pension is determined by the employee’s salary, age, and the number of years they participate in the plan
  • the pension is indexed, meaning that for the rest of your life, your pension will increase according to the cost of living

In short, the public service pension plan offers a predictable income for life.

The pension calculator can help show you what your pension will be worth at your retirement age.

Relocation expenses

Employees joining CSE from outside the National Capital Region are eligible for the reimbursement of their relocation costs. For example, CSE will pay for your house-hunting trip and moving expenses.

Collective agreement

CSE’s relationship with its employees is governed by its Collective agreement between CSE and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

Visit the PSAC website for more information.

Language profile of positions

Some positions require candidates to be proficient in both official languages: French and English. Others do not. All linguistic requirements are detailed in the specific job postings on our website. If necessary, CSE will take care of arranging your second language evaluation.

Find out about public service language proficiency levels and testing.

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