Salaries and Fringe Benefits
THE CITY'S ability to get and keep professional, technical, and managerial employees is handicapped both by pay levels and pay- fixing practices. This chapter reviews these problem areas and the related matter of fringe benefits.
Finding: Pay is a major factor in how people feel about working for the City, and city pay rates are considered inadequate by all major groups surveyed.
Hundreds of interviews with officials in the operating departments of the City, as well as with other citizens, indicate a prevailing view that salaries paid to professional, technical, and managerial employees are inadequate. The range of opinion varies from the moderate view that some improvement of salaries is desirable to the extreme judgment that salary increases will correct all the problems of recruiting and retaining qualified employees.
As indicated briefly in Chapter 3, the questionnaire survey revealed some other interesting and significant expressions of attitude about the City's salary levels and system.
The great majority of present and former city employees, non-city employees, and students who expressed an opinion believe that pay for starting-, middle-, and top-level jobs is better outside of city government. Students have the poorest view of salaries paid by the City;