Audit Reports Affecting Multiple Agencies
A Biennial Report of the Adjustment to the Classified Salary Schedule
Report Number 95-010
We recommend that the classified salary schedule be increased by
2.0 percent for each year of the 1996-1997 biennium. National
salary structure increases for the private sector average 2.8
percent for 1994, while public sector salary structure increases
average 3.0 percent for 1994. National salary budget increases
average 4.1 percent for 1994.
In general, salary surveys reflect that state classified
benchmark job salaries lag behind the local labor and industry
markets by 6.0 percent. However, the State's benefits package
leads the national percentage average by 5.5 percent.
The cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, has
exceeded the classified salary schedule increase for the past
five years, resulting in classified employees experiencing a loss
in real earnings.
The State has not experienced significant recruitment and
retention difficulties this biennium; however, a competitive
salary schedule continues to be vital in order to attract and
retain qualified state employees.
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