A new report released to Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday found state employee pay is not commensurate with policy and one-quarter of employees surveyed plan to find new employment within two years.
According to the State Employee Compensation and Turnover report 90 percent of classified employees are paid below the states established policy pay rates for their position. Of those employees, 45 percent earn more than 20 percent below the states policy pay rates.
The report also found that classified employees earn an average of 85 percent of the competitive market average for similarly compensated jobs.
Legislative evaluators with the Office of Performance Evaluations prepared the 100-page report based on survey responses from 11,000 state employees. The state has about 24,000 employees.
The report also includes formal responses from Governor Butch Otter, State Controller Brandon Woolf and Division of Human Resources Director Vicki Tokita.
In his response, Otter said that he has asked Tokita to form and lead an advisory task force to discuss various human resources issues, including employee compensation.