Survey Findings – State and Local Government Workforce: 2017 Trends


Recruiting and retaining qualified personnel was the top priority for 91 percent of respondents to the 2017 workforce trends survey released by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. Respondents also rated staff and leadership development (77 and 76 percent) and succession planning (74 percent) as important workforce issues.

SLGE staff
Publication date:
June 2017
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Key findings:
Key findings from the annual survey, conducted by SLGE, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and National Association of State Personnel Executives were:

  • 74 percent reported hiring staff
  • 47 percent hired contract or temporary employees
  • 38 percent shifted more health care costs to employees
  • 24 percent established wellness programs.

Every year since 2010, a majority of respondents to the annual survey has reported making changes to health insurance benefits. On the other hand, the pace of changes to retirement plans has slowed in recent years. In 2012, 24 percent reported increasing current employee contributions to retirement plans compared with 9 percent increasing current employee contributions in 2016.

Positions hardest to fill in 2016 were:

  • Police officers (21 percent)
  • Information technology (17 percent)
  • Engineers (14 percent) and
  • Health care (13 percent)

Skills in greatest demand were in interpersonal relations (65 percent), written communications (53 percent), and technology (51 percent).

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State and Local Government Workforce 2017 Trends