Half of Federal Employees Considering Leaving for the Private Sector, Survey Finds

From The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014

WASHINGTON—After a year that saw sequestration, furloughs and a partial government shutdown, half of the federal workforce is considering leaving for the private sector, a marketing firm has found.

The top reasons they are thinking about a move, according to a survey of current federal workers by Market Connections Inc.: a three-year pay freeze, the political environment in Washington and the lure of a better salary in the private sector.

Market Connections surveyed employees from mid-December to mid-January, when Washington was offering the workforce a few glimmers of hope: Congress was negotiating a budget deal that eased sequestration cuts and reduced the likelihood of more furloughs or another shutdown, and President Barack Obama ordered a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees.

Still, the results reflect continuing insecurity and frustration among workers.

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