This annual survey was conducted by the Center, International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and National Association of State Personnel Executives of human resource professionals. Two hundred ninety-eight (298) IPMA-HR and NASPE members took part in the survey, which was conducted in March and April 2014.
- 66 percent of respondents reported hiring employees in the past year.
- 55 percent reported hiring more than they did in 2012.
- One-third reported hiring contract or temporary workers.
At the same time, the pace of retirements quickened:
- 49 percent reported higher levels of retirement in 2013 than 2012.
- 22 percent reported employees had accelerated their retirement.
Changes to benefits continue:
- 61 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 (53 percent) and to institute wellness programs (31 percent).
- 35 percent reported their government altered retirement benefits over the last year.
- About one-fourth 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
- staff development
- succession planning
- employee morale
- competitive compensation packages
- public perception of government workers
- reducing employee health care costs
- dealing with increased employee workloads