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State and Local Governments Facing Workforce Recruitment and Retention Challenges, Exploring Gig Economy

Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Staff Among the Top Concerns for State and Local Governments.

New research has found out that state and local governments continue to face challenges filling a wide range of positions in their organizations. Some of the positions that are hardest to fill include engineering, dispatch, policing, skilled trades, maintenance work/labor, and information technology/network. These findings have been published by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) in partnership with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), in a report titled State and Local Government Workforce: 2019 Survey.

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Among the top workforce issues for the state and local government bodies are recruitment and retention of qualified workers (87%), competitive compensation packages (87%), employee morale (86%), employee engagement (84%), and leadership development (74%).

Focus on Benefits and Gig Economy

The gig economy, in particular, is a key highlight of this survey. 20% of the jurisdictions have indicated that they are meeting more than one percent of their total workforce requirement through the gig economy. The report also stated that benefits continue to be a strength for the state and local governments, with 88% signifying that their benefits are consistently at par with the labor market. Some jurisdictions are also modifying the benefits for good.

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The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) has partnered with IPMA-HR and NASPE since 2009 to conduct annual studies on state and local government employee concerns. SLGE helps these organizational bodies gain knowledge and stay competitive employers in order to attract quality talent and improve employee retention. It identifies leading industry practices and conducts researches on workforce demographics and skill set requirements, health and wellness benefits, public sector retirement plans, and labor force development. SLGE will hold a webinar on August 14th, 2019 at 1 PM ET to review the findings of the research and to answer any queries that may arise. Interested may register for the webinar for free.

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