Federal hiring on steep decline
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 21, 2014
Hiring by federal agencies has dropped sharply in recent years, and the pace of departing employees has increased, a new report finds.
According to the report — by the Partnership for Public Service, aptly entitled “Federal Departures” — the number of employees leaving annually increased from 83,317 in 2009 to 115,661 in 2012 and 114,354 in 2013, an increase of over 37 percent.
The report also lists the most affected agencies, how long departing employees had stayed with the federal government, and what specifically might be driving people to call it quits.
Resignations, the report notes, for example, are up sharply since 2008 and 2009, the worst period of economic downturn—likely signaling many feds feel they have other options. And while entry-level employees make up only about 34 percent of the federal workforce, they constituted over 42 percent of departures over the period 2008 to 2013.
The report delves deeper into retirements, resignations, terminations, reductions in force, and all other forms of separation. It also discusses attrition rates: The Army and the National Labor Relations Board held the number one and number two spots among federal agencies, respectively, of worst attrition rates—around 8 percent each in FY 2013.