Government trumps the private sector in training, job security

Government trumps the private sector in training, job security


When it comes to recruiting workers, private industry brings more money to the table, but it doesn't hold all the cards.

Government can offer greater job stability and access to training, according to a recent national survey of technology workers.

That conclusion is from, a Minneapolis collaborative resource for more than 640,000 information technology professionals and is based on a survey late last year of 4,373 private- and public-sector technology workers.

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Ninety-two percent of public-sector employees in the survey said they received employer-paid training, compared with 88 percent at publicly held companies and 83 percent at privately held companies. Respondents in the public sector also reported staying at their jobs longer'5.73 years to 3.39 years at a publicly held company and 2.8 years at a privately held company.

Salaries reported in the survey'conducted before the Office of Personnel Management announced raises of 7 percent to 33 percent for 33,000 federal IT workers'reflected the gap that the government is working to close. Employees of privately held companies made the most, at an average of $58,049, followed by those working for publicly held companies at $57,434, and those in the public sector at $48,330.

Private-sector employees also led in categories such as bonuses and the size of raises they expected.

The survey divided private-sector employees into those working for publicly held or privately held companies. In the public sector, it grouped workers for local, state and federal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Loads of feds

But almost all of the 649 respondents in the government and nonprofit group appeared to be government workers'and the majority of them worked for the federal government, said Cynthia Morgan, vice president of content for, who supervised the survey. A lot of the respondents had .mil on their e-mail addresses, she said.

More survey results are available at

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