The Ongoing Impact of the Recession—Federal Government


September 25, 2013

One-half (50%) of federal government agencies that were hiring full-time staff reported difficulty recruiting for specific open jobs, an increase from 35% in 2011. The top three reasons given for recruiting difficulty were lack of the right skills among candidates (44%), lack of the needed credentials/certifications (40%), and the candidates’ pay requirements not matching the hiring organization’s salary or hourly rates (37%). This report is one of eight industry-level SHRM survey findings that look at skill gaps, recruiting challenges and recruiting strategies for employers in the U.S.

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