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State and Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends

State and Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends

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The 2013 survey of civil service job trends by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence
The 2013 survey of civil service job trends by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence

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May 2013
Survey Findings
State and Local Government Workforce:2013 Trends
 
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State and Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends
State and Local Government Workforce:2013 Trends
The picture is brightening or the state and local government workorce, although 33 percent still report pay reezesand 18 percent report layos. That compares with 51 percent reporting pay reezes in 2012 and 28 percent report-ing layos. Other key fndings:Twenty-seven percent report that hiring reezes are in place compared with 42 percent in 2012.Fity-six percent modifed health benefts.Seventy-our percent rated sta development the most important workorce issue in 2013, ollowed by employeemorale (70 percent), and managing workloads (68 percent).The pace o retirements is high, with 22 percent reporting that employees have accelerated their retirement date.Twenty-nine percent o current employees saw an increase in their pension contributions, as did 34 percent o newhires. When asked i employees were fnancially prepared or retirement, 44 percent said, “no,” and 18 percentsaid, “yes.”The survey was conducted among members o the International Public Management Association or HumanResources
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(ipma-hr.org) rom March 19–April 10, 2013 by the Center or State and Local Government Excellence(slge.org). Three hundred and twenty-three (323) members took part in the survey.
Workorce Changes
2) Which o the ollowing workorce changes has yourgovernment implemented over the past year? (
 N 
= 321)
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
Other
15.3%
No Changes
37.4%
Layoffs
18.1%
Hiring Freezes
26.5%
Pay Cuts
5.9%
Pay Freezes
33.0%
Furloughs
10.6%
Note: “Other” changes oered were: no general wage increases, butstep movement still available; early retirement incentive program;delay in reflling vacant positions; strategic reflling vacant positions;award reezes; travel restrictions; training and career development sus-pensions/restrictions; lump sum increases with no adjustment to base;combined some positions; converted some positions rom ull to part-time; collective bargaining abolished; suspended vacation accruals;reduction in orce; hiring temporary employees; voluntary urloughsand severances; reduction in entry level salaries; lower merit increases.
Participants
1) You work or…(
 N 
= 323)
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:
Local governmentState governmentFederal governmen75.5%15.5%7.1%1.9%Another sector
1 Sent to about 5,850 members2 (
 N 
= number o respondents to each question)Note: Due to rounding and/or skipped questions, pie chartsmight not add up to 100% exactly.
 
State and Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends
 
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3) Since the economic downturn in 2008, is yourworkorce: (
 N 
= 323)
Smaller, but less than5% smaller
26.0%
0%10%20%30%40%
5–10% larger
4.3%
More than 10% larger
2.5%
Don't know
5.6%
More than 10% smaller
12.1%
Larger, but less than 5% larger
7.4%
The same size
19.5%
5–10% smaller
22.6%
4) In 2012 your government hired... (
 N 
= 318)
Less people thanit did in 2011More people thanit did in 2011The same numberof people it didin 201126.7%Don't know32.4%11.9%28.9%
5) In 2012 your government laid o... (
 N 
= 292)
Less people thanit did in 2011More people thanit did in 2011The same numberof people it didin 20116.5%Don't know35.3%26.7%31.5%
Unflled Positions
6) What
positions,
i any, do you continue to have ahard time flling in the current economic climate?(
 N 
= 256)• Attorneys• Business Analysts• Community andBusiness DevelopmentSpecialists• Correctional Ofcers• Dispatchers• Engineers (all types)• Epidemiologists• Finance (all types)• Firefghters / EMS• GIS Programmers• Health ScienceAdministrators• Human ResourceSpecialistsInormation TechnologyProessionals• Management(mid + upper levels)• Medical Ofcers• Nurses• Pharmacists• Physicians• Police Ofcers• Psychiatrists• Public HealthProessionals (all types)• Public HealthResearchers• Public Works(all types)• Purchasing SpecialistsScientifc Researchers• Seasonal Pool andRecreation Employees• Skilled Trades (all types)• Social Workers• Water Treatment PlantOccupations (all types)
Postponed Retirements
7) What changes, i any, have your retirement-eligibleemployees made regarding their plans or retirement?(
 N 
= 322)
Postponed theirretirement dateAccelerated theirretirement dateNo changes21.7%Don't know37.6%20.5%23.6%

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