It's all about money

Letter to the editor

This report did not address the reason that the government cannot get or

retain their employees: It's all about money.

You have got to try and keep the ones you have and to at least interest

potential employees. Salaries don't have to be right in line with the private

sector, but they need to be closer. Other areas that could help a good deal

would include perks like regular salary increases, telecommuting and training

new people from non-IT areas, including training older employees who have

more vested in the government.

Bringing in more foreigners will do nothing more than create more job-hopping.

Why would the foreigner stay any longer than anyone else?

I am constantly amazed at all the other ideas that are being passed

around while the very reason people leave is because they will not pay better

salaries to IT staff.

Increase salaries and add some perks like telecommuting and I think

you could get more people to stick around. All of our people have left because

we would only give them small increases at a time so that it takes too many

years to get anywhere near what they can get on the outside.

Cynthia Hestand


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