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