NUMBER   2005-545



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission






Job Title

Job Code

Starting Salary

After Working

*975 Hours

After Working

*1950 Hours

After Working

*3000 Hours








$8.77 per hr.

$9.17 per hr.

$9.37 per hr.

$9.57 per hr.


*Salary may be higher subject to collective bargaining agreement changes.


VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. ß7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.


Examinations for this position will be opened ďas neededĒ to fill a vacancy.  Examination openings will be announced by publication of a Recruitment Bulletin.  You may apply to take the test only after a separate Recruitment Bulletin has been issued.


The Recruitment Bulletin will provide a specific date for the next examination.  Copies of the Bulletin will be posted at our Test Center, 2nd Floor of the Strawberry Square Complex, at 320 Market Street, Harrisburg.  Notice of the Recruitment Bulletin will also be posted on the State Civil Service Commission website at www.scsc.state.pa.us.



If hired, you will work full-time in a series of temporary assignments.  All jobs are located in the Harrisburg Metropolitan Area.  Most jobs are in state office buildings in the Harrisburg capitol complex.


While working in the Clerical Pool, you will not receive benefits such as medical coverage, paid vacation, sick leave or holidays.  However, these jobs could lead to permanent employment with benefits.


In order to be admitted to the test, you must bring two forms of identification; one form must contain a signature and a recent photograph, such as a driverís license or school or work identification.


You will complete your application in the test room.  Testing will only occur in our test room on the 2nd Floor of the Strawberry Square Complex at 320 Market St., Harrisburg on the date and time specified in the Recruitment Bulletin on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open at 8:00 a.m.


In order to be considered for hire, you must pass the test and be prepared to stay an additional 45-60 minutes to complete the necessary paperwork.  You must bring two forms of identification that indicate your eligibility to work.  One form must contain a signature and a recent photograph, such as a driverís license or school or work identification, and one form must indicate US citizenship or eligibility for hire such as a social security card, birth certificate, US citizenship ID card, or US work permit/green card.  You must also bring the names, addresses and approximate dates of employment for your two most recent employers and one personal reference.  For further information call 717-783-3917. 


If you have criminal conviction(s), please bring information regarding the date, location and disposition with you when you report for testing.  Criminal convictions are not an automatic bar to employment.  The managers of the clerical pool will evaluate each case individually.

The information you provide will be verified.  Falsification of information may prevent your hiring or result in dismissal from employment.




You will perform routine clerical work in various state agencies.  You will work as a replacement for a full-time employee on extended leave or as an additional worker during peak workload situations.  Typical work assignments last 3 to 6 months.  As assignments are completed, you will return to the clerical pool to be referred to new work assignments.  Duties may include: entering data using a computer, answering phones, filing, sorting, checking materials, and serving as a receptionist. 




You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.


Minimum Requirements:

You must pass the written test for Limited-Term Clerk. 






Opportunities for employment will depend on the number of temporary vacancies and peak workloads experienced by state agencies.  Successful employees may be considered for permanent full-time positions.  Each year 50% of the temporary workforce obtain permanent full-time state positions.  Clerical pool workers have moved into both Civil Service and Non-Civil Service entry-level clerical jobs and other technical and professional positions depending upon their qualifications.




The examination for Limited-Term Clerk is a written test. 


The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission Office.


The 2 hour test will cover the following subject areas:


Subject Area

Number of Questions


Interpersonal Skills






Following Directions



Name and Number Comparison












If you fail the written test, or want to take it again, you may be retested 75 days after the date of your last test. 


If your name is on an eligible list for these jobs and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.




Employment and Promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.




You may take the test only after a Recruitment Bulletin has been issued.  The Recruitment Bulletin will specify the next examination date for this position.










State Civil Service Commission, 2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O. Box 569; Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058,

Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Callers Only) (717) 772-2685;




Office of Administration, Bureau of State Employment, Room 112, Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA  17120; Telephone (717) 783-3917 or (717) 783-3920


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, contact the State Civil Service Commission at Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Callers Only) (717) 772-2685; Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us.