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An Annual Report on Full-Time Classified State Employee Turnover For Fiscal Year 1996

Report Number 97-705

February 1997

Overall Conclusion

The fiscal year 1996 turnover rate of 13.64 percent for full-time classified employees within the State of Texas is considered better than average and is in line with local, state, and national averages.

Key Facts and Findings

Turnover rates generally range from 10 percent to 35 percent annually. Typically, 10 percent is considered ideal, 20 percent average, and 35 percent indicative of organizational problems.

Personal reasons not related to the job, interagency transfers, and inadequate salary were the top three reasons for classified employees leaving state agencies. Unknown reasons, dismissals for cause, and retirements were other top reasons.

There were nine agencies that experienced turnover rates greater than 35 percent (excluding agencies with fewer than 20 employees). The excessively high turnover was due to interagency transfers, reductions in force, or dismissals for cause.

There were two occupational categories with turnover rates greater than 35 percent. In addition, there were 28 class series that had turnover greater than 35 percent. Inadequate salary was listed as a top reason for five of these.

Employee turnover was highest in classifications in the lower salary groups, specifically Salary Group 10 and below.

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