Percentage of employees who report competitiveness of salary


This is a long running item in the Pay and Benefits section of the Listening to the Workforce survey that aims to determine employees' feelings about the competitiveness of pay between the City of Austin and other positions at other organizations. Historically, this item averages about 35-40%.  *In 2020 the Listening to the Workforce Survey transitioned to a biannual basis. This measure moved to the year-end survey and we are unable to report on the data for 2022 as there was no data collected.


Even though this survey item isn't overly positive, it is trending back up to where it normally sits at its highest point.  Survey items regarding pay are hard questions to ask, but the City has historically provided a space for employees to respond.
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Additional Measure Insights

The annual Listening to the Workforce survey results are delivered back to City Management and then Department Directors and Human Resources Managers.  An effort has been made in the recent past to work with Departments in ways to use results and communicate back implementations and changes to further drive the efficacy of the survey tool.  If results are in need of improvement, the Human Resources Department is available to provide subject matter experts to improve needed areas.

Measure Details and Definition

1) Definition:  This measure represents the percentage of employees who agree that their pay at the City of Austin is the same or better than other organizations in the area.
2) Calculation method: This percentage is calculated by adding up the number of participants who selected agree and strongly agree to this survey item and divided by those who provided a response to the item.
3) Data Collection Process:  The data for the Listening to the Workforce is collected annually by providing both online and paper surveys to all regular City employees.  The survey runs for about 3-4 weeks during the middle of the year.
4) Measure Target Calculation: The target was calculated by averaging the past five years of data.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: Annually (Calendar Year) in December.
Date page was last updated: September 2022