September 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm #179964
IMO provides very interesting numbers! (a significant amount of data shoved into 4 pages of graphs)
How many people did the federal government hire last year? How does that number compare to past years? Which agencies are doing the most hiring? In a new analysis, the Partnership for Public Service examined recent federal hiring and employment data to answer these questions, and more. While hiring is down from previous years, the federal government still hired nearly 90 thousand people in fiscal 2012 despite sequestration and budget cuts, the vast majority of whom will work in defense and security-related agencies. Forty-five percent of recent hires are veterans, and 56 percent are located in 10 states.
Title: Fed Figures-Hiring at a Glance
Sequestration, furloughs and pay freezes dominate the news and can affect government’s ability to hire and retain top talent. The federal government needs to maintain active, healthy hiring levels, if it is to preserve a world-class workforce. So how many people did the federal government hire last year, and how does that number compare to recent trends? Which government agencies are doing the most hiring? What is the profile of the 2012 hiring class compared to the federal workforce as a whole? The Partnership for Public Service analyzed recent federal hiring and employment data to answer these questions, and more.
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September 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm #179969
For those who don’t like to deal with graphics…
While the number of new federal hires overall is down from previous years, information technology was among the top fields in which agencies are adding new federal employees, though not necessarily new jobs, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
IT jobs made up 5.3 percent of the positions filled by nearly 90,000 federal employees hired in 2012, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s Fed Figures report. That equates to more than 4,700 new IT workers, bringing the total number of feds in the IT field to 80,492, the Partnership said.
September 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm #179967
The federal agency I work for also provides numbers like that, in a user-configurable data cube, with regular quarterly updates. So, for instance, I can do a query regarding how many individualsin a given occupational group were hired from outside, by agency, by region, by quarter, and it spits out an Excel table. I’d direct you to it, but I think the site only has internal access for Canadian federal employees, and even there I think it is restricted to folks in HR and those working in our agency (although we have a crew busy providing tailored reports every day for folks who don’t have direct access).
It is always an eye opener to see how big…or small, various organizations actually are, as well as where the hiring and increases in capacity are, in terms of job families and functional communities.
One of the areas where our own system comes up a little short, and yours may too, is in the area of contingent workforce. Typically, the numbers shown on data cubes such as ours are for those identifiable individuals on the ongoing payroll. Consultants and casual employees don’t show up in our tables, sometimes making it harder to know when a seemingly steady number of FTEs has been supplemented by hiring a lot of temp help.
In our (Canadian) particular instance, senior managers were asked a year and a half ago to aim for something in the neighbourhood of a 7-8% reduction in staff across the board. Of course, the work still needs to get done, so in a great many instances, temp help – whether consultants, or short-term casual contracts, students, or people hired through temp agencies – gets hired to take up some of the slack in order to get that work done. Under those circumstances, it can be difficult to ascertain whether the overall salary costs have actually come down. I’m not implying anything untoward, just noting that the tabulation grows in complexity when you have a lot of hastily-requested comings and goings. At the very least, it introduces some lag in the numbers to be reported while all that stuff gets collated. I suspect this is a challenge for all such HR tracking systems.
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