Advisory Recommendation

The 2017 Advisory Recommendation is a report presented by the Arizona Department of Administration to the Governor and the Legislature to assist them with the establishment of a strategic direction that will ensure the state’s competitiveness with the labor market while also maintaining a competent, productive and satisfied workforce. This report is required by statute (A.R.S. § 41-751) and provides information on the current compensation levels of state employees compared to other local and regional public and private sector employers. In addition to the compensation issues addressed in the advisory recommendation, the report also provides information on turnover and predictive information about future market movement.

Workforce Report

The 2017 annual report on State employees and the operation of the State Personnel System (SPS) is published pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 41-751. For the benefit of our customer agencies and the public at large, in preparing this year’s report we leveraged technology to improve efficiency and transparency. In addition to the report itself, we provide two executive summaries: a high-level view of the SPS, and an interactive tool that allows users to select and view specific agency data.

In FY 2017, agency budgets and staffing levels remained lower than the years prior to the economic crisis of 2008-2010. The hiring freeze, which the State implemented in February 2008 and renewed in 2015, continued throughout the fiscal year. The overall size of the State’s workforce remains significantly smaller, and yet the population that is served by our government agencies continues to increase. The impacts of these actions are illustrated in many of the charts and tables contained in the report. To highlight several key points:

  • There were 33,222 SPS employees at the end of FY 2017. This represents a continued reduction in the size of State government, shrinking 4,734 filled positions, or 12.5% since FY 2008.
  • The average employee base salary was $45,981, which showed a slight increase of 2.0% from last year.
  • Workforce diversity continues to exceed or closely mirror the diversity of Arizona’s population. The State workforce comprised 53.7% females and 44.5% minorities last year, while the Arizona population is 50.3% females and 44.6% minorities.
  • Relative to FY 2016, the employee turnover rate decreased by 0.8%, to 18%, in FY 2017.

*Copies of the publications and reports found on this page are available for interlibrary loan from the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records.

 

  Advisory Recommendation
 2016 Salary Recommendation
 2015 Salary Recommendation
 2014 Salary Recommendation
 2013 Salary Recommendation
 2012 Salary Recommendation
 2011 Salary Recommendation
 2010 Salary Recommendation
 2009 Salary Recommendation
 2008 Salary Recommendation
 2007 Salary Recommendation
 2006 Salary Recommendation
 2005 Salary Recommendation
 2004 Salary Recommendation
 2003 Salary Recommendation
 
  Workforce Report
  2016 Report
  2015 Report
  2014 Report
  2013 Report
  2012 Report
  2011 Report
  2010 Report
  2009 Report
  2008 Report
  2007 Report
  2006 Report
  2005 Report
  2004 Report
  2003 Report
 
  Health Insurance Trust Fund
 2013 Report

 

  Public Safety Officers’ Supplemental Benefit Plan
 2014 Report