Government, like all employers, needs good people to provide the best services to its constituents. Unfortunately, the trends are heading in the wrong direction - there are more jobs in government being posted, but fewer people are applying for them. Why is that?
This study done by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, NEOGOV, and Accenture documents some of the reasons and, most importantly, what can governments do to respond (full disclosure: I led this study for Accenture right up to final production, then moved to my current position with A&M). If you want to help attract and retain the best talent in government, this is worth a read.
“There has never been a more critical time to be hyper-focused on the recruitment and succession of state employees,” said Shane Evangelist, CEO of NEOGOV. “Over the last 5 years, the number of applicants per job opening has dropped 30 percent, requiring state leaders to focus on making their jobs more attractive, broadening their hiring search, and developing their existing employees for succession.”