Survey Shows Half of Federal Workforce Considers Leaving Government

From Allgov.com | February 24, 2014

In another consequence of Washington gridlock, half of federal employees are considering leaving their government jobs for those in the private sector, a new study shows.

The online survey of 370 government employees, conducted by Market Connections and FierceGovernmentIT, showed that the top three reasons for federal employees to consider leaving are the government pay freeze, the political environment, and better salary opportunities in the private sector.

These attitudes are likely to have an impact on government’s ability to do its job. “We could see serious repercussions on mission-critical work as a result of pay and hiring freezes, lack of resources and 50% of the workforce considering leaving government,” said Lisa Dezzutti, president of Market Connections.

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