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American government struggles with recruitment, turns to the gig economy

By Katherine Fanning 0 Comments NEWS, Regional News

Recent research on state and local governments in the United States reveals that they're hard-pressed to fill the vacancies for a vast amount of jobs. The hardest positions to find candidates for include the sectors of policing, engineering, information technology, emergency dispatch and skilled trades - and furthermore, that public employers and relying on the "gig economy" workers to help bridge the gap.

These findings are contained in a new research report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE), State and Local Government Workforce: 2018 Data and 10 Year Trends, available here.  The research is authored by Gerald Young, SLGE senior research associate.

Since 2009, SLGE has partnered with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) to conduct a study on state and local workforce issues.

SLGE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 1 PM ET to review the findings and respond to questions. Register at no charge here.

"The 2018 workforce trends survey results show that recruitment and retention of qualified employees are the top challenges facing state and local governments," said Neil Reichenberg, IPMA-HR executive director. "To compete in an increasingly tight labor market, state and local governments will need to implement flexible workplace policies to hire and retain the top talent that they need," he said.

NASPE executive director Leslie Scott commented, "The ability to offer competitive compensation is an increasing challenge for the public sector, so implementing creative strategies such as promoting the diversity of opportunities of government work and the opportunity to make a difference will be key."

Edited by K. Fanning

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