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Surveys

IPMA-HR's surveys are on a wide variety of topics. We also provide members with benchmarking surveys and an employee engagement survey
 

Annual Employment Outlook Survey

  • 2015IPMA-HR Performance Management Study shows that nearly all (96%) public sector organizations report that performance appraisals are conducted by their organizations
  • 2015 - IPMA-HR's Eleventh Annual Employment Outlook Survey shows the public sector will continue to hire in 2015 with 77 percent expecting pay increases.
  • 2014 - IPMA-HR's Tenth Annual Employment Outlook Survey shows whether the public sector is hiring in 2014. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they plan to hire for new positions in fiscal year 2014 and only ten percent are planning layoffs. 
  • 2013 - IPMA-HR's Ninth Annual Employment Outlook Survey shows continuing improvement. Sixty-two percent of respondents plan to hire for new positions in fiscal year 2013 and only eleven percent are planning layoffs. 
  • 2012 - IPMA-HR's Eighth Annual Employment Outlook survey shows reason to be optimistic. Fifty-five percent of respondents plan to hire for new positions in fiscal year 2012. Fewer employers are purposefully keeping vacancies open for budgetary reasons.
  • 2011 - IPMA-HR's Seventh Annual Employment Outlook Survey shows some improvements for the public sector. Forty-eight percent of respondents anticipate hiring for new positions in fiscal year 2011; up sightly from 2010.
  • 2010 - IPMA-HR’s Sixth Annual Employment Outlook Survey Results show that public sector hiring is down for the second year in a row and layoffs are on the increase in 2010.
  • 2009 - The Fifth Annual Employment Outlook Survey shows that public sector hiring is expected to remain strong. Despite the poor economy, more than half of participants said they plan to hire for new positions this year.

Compensation/Pay Administration Surveys - a partnership between IPMA-HR and Fox Lawson & Associates, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services

  • 2015 Benefits Benchmarking Report conducted by Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

  • 2015 Executive Summary Benefits Benchmarking Survey Executive Summary conducted by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  

  • 2014 Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey Executive Summary conducted by Authur J. Gallagher & Co. Controlling employee benefit costs remains the biggest overall challenge employers face. So it’s no surprise that containing healthcare expenses was the most prevalent concern for human resources. Attracting and retaining a competitive workforce was the second largest overall challenge. The executive summary provides a strategic, high-level overview of the survey results as well as separate analyses of each major benefits category. A more comprehensive national report allows you to take a closer look at these findings.

  • 2013 Pay Administration Survey conducted by Fox Lawson and Associates, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Overall, the trends for employee increase budgets and salary structure adjustments continue to increase in small amounts from those of the recession years.  The increase amounts are small measured in tenths of percentage points.  Actual employee increases increased slightly in 2012 over those of 2011.  Also, actual and planned increases for 2013 appear to be even with or slightly higher than 2012.  In 2012, fewer public sector organizations made pay cuts (1.5%) than in 2011 (4.5%) or what was planned for 2012 (3.6%).  

  • October 2011 - Paid Time Off Survey - More organizations are looking at or using Paid Time Off programs in lieu of  separate leave banks. Benefits include ease of administration and improved employee morale.March 2011.

  • Pay Administration Survey - 2010 was worse than expected, no improvement in 2011 - in partnership with Fox Lawson & Associates, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

  • December 2010 -  44% of IPMA-HR Members Have Created Hybrid Jobs to Address Staffing Shortages

  • September 2010 -Union contracts remain the same for most members

  • July 2010 -Pay Increases Suspended: State Governments Especially Hard Hit

  • March 2010 - Survey Data Show 2010 More Difficult for Public Sector than 2009
     

Employee Engagement Surveys

  • 2014 -- IPMA-HR's Employee Engagement Survey captures state and local government employees' feelings about their jobs, workplaces and other areas including work/life balance, employee empowerment, relationships with supervisors, pay and benefits.
  • 2013 -- IPMA-HR & ADP's Measuring Employee Engagement Survey found that just 58 percent of 
    public sector employees are fully engaged in their jobs.
     


2011 Staffing Ratios Survey - April 26, 2011 - Staffing ratios continue to vary widely and there is no significant change as a result of the recession based on a comparison of results from 2006 and 2010

 

State and Local Government Workforce Studies (in Partnership with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence)

  • 2015 -- State and Local Government Workforce Trends: For the second year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring. Pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions. As a large portion of the workforce becomes eligible for retirement, there is a greater sense of urgency about recruitment, retention, and succession planning.
  • 2014 -- State and Local Government Workforce Trends: Local and state governments continue their hiring trend although their workforces are still smaller since the 2008 economic downturn; recruitment and retention continue to be challenges; and pressure on benefits continues, particularly health care.  Inforgraphic available.
  • 2013 -- State and Local Government Workforce Trends: The picture is brightening for the state and local government workforce, although 33 percent still report pay freezes and 18 percent report layoffs. That compares with 51 percent reporting pay freezes in 2012 and 28 percent reporting layoffs.
  • 2012 -- State and Local Government Workforce Trends:  Local and state governments face continuing workforce constraints, with 51 percent reporting pay freezes, 42 percent reporting hiring freezes, and 28 percent reporting layoffs. While 46 percent of eligible employees are postponing retirement, 22 percent have accelerated their retirement plans. (In partnership with SLGE and NASPE). 
  • 2011 -- Staff Retention, Employee Morale, Workloads, and Health Care Costs are Top Workforce Issues Issues for State and Local Governments Retaining staff needed for core services, reducing employee health care costs, and addressing employee morale and workload problems are the top workforce issues facing local and state governments, according to the latest electronic surveyconducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.
  • 2010 --Hiring freezes, pay freezes, layoffs, and furloughs top the list of ways that local and state governments are cutting costs, according to an online survey of government managers by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence & IPMA-HR.  Click here to view the survey results.

Earlier Surveys

  • The Impact of the Aging Workforce on Public Sector Organizations and Mission - February 2007- An IPMA-HR survey conducted by EquaTerra Public Sector and sponsored by Convergys. This survey of senior level HR practioners revealed that public sector organizations must take a proactive and direct approach to dealing with issues associated with their aging workforces. “The aging workforce is occurring globally and has significant impact on organizations,” said Neil E. Reichenberg, IPMA-HR executive director. Twenty-six percent of survey respondents indicated that between 26-50 percent of their workforce is currently eligible to retire. This is a sizable portion of the workforce. A copy of the white paper is available here.
  • Trends in Shared Services and Outsourcing: An IPMA-HR survey conducted by EquaTerra Public Sector and sponsored by ADP - A copy of the white paper is available here.
  • HR Transformation - A copy of the white paper is available here.

2005 HR Technology Committee Survey
During September of 2005, the Technology Committee conducted a survey on the use of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) in the public sector. Nearly two-thirds of respondents report having an HRIS, supporting functions such as: payroll, benefits administration, financials, and time/attendance. Click here to read the full report.