Magazine article Government Finance Review

Governments Worry about Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Personnel

Magazine article Government Finance Review

Governments Worry about Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Personnel

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When it comes to employees, governments are most concerned about recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, succession planning, and staff development, according to a survey of state and local government human resources managers by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. Governments continue to have difficulty recruiting for a range of positions, including those in finance, IT, skilled trades, and public safety. The skill sets governments most need in new hires are interpersonal, technology, and written communication skills.

The percentage of governments that are hiring new employees has increased to 77 percent in 2016 from 27 percent in 2013, 66 percent in 2014, and 73 percent in 2015. For this year's survey, 41 percent report hiring contract and temporary workers.

Governments are experiencing an uptick in retirements. …

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