State and Local Government Workforce: 2015 Trends

Source: Center for State and Local Government Excellence, June 2015

From the summary:
This annual survey was conducted by SLGE, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and National Association of State Personnel Executives. Three hundred thirty-six (336) who are IPMA-HR and NASPE member human resource professionals took part in the survey, which was conducted in March and April 2015.
• 73 percent of respondents reported hiring employees in the past year.
• 54 percent reported hiring more than they did in 2012.
• 42 percent reported hiring contract or temporary workers.

At the same time, the pace of retirements quickened:
• 47 percent reported higher levels of retirement in 2013 than 2012.
• 13 percent reported employees had accelerated their retirement.

Changes to benefits continue:
• 53 percent reported their government made changes to health benefits for both active and retired employees.
• The most common changes were to shift more costs from the employer to employees (43 percent) and to institute wellness programs (24 percent).
• 29 percent reported their government altered retirement benefits over the last year.
• One-fifth required increased contributions to pensions from both current and new employees.

Looking ahead, the majority of respondents say their top concerns are:
• recruiting and retaining qualified personnel
• succession planning
• staff development
• competitive compensation packages
• retaining staff needed for core services
• employee morale
• employee engagement