A report from the Kansas Department of Administration shows that the trend in hiring state employees is to hire unclassified workers and fewer classified workers who are protected by the Civil Service System.
In those new numbers – more state workers hired overall in 2013, however, most of the new positions were temporary jobs with no attached benefits.
The State of Kansas employed 69,974 temporary and regular workers in the current fiscal year, up 143 from Fiscal Year 2012.
The report says many state agencies stayed at previous staffing levels or reduced employees for Fiscal Year 2013. The largest cuts were felt by the Kansas Department for Children and Families, which had 348 fewer employees. Two other state agencies had big employee loses – the Kansas Department of Revenue, 134 fewer employees and the Kansas Department of Labor with 97 fewer employees.
The largest gains came from 3-state universities. Wichita State University added 291 employees; Kansas State University added 285 more workers; and the University of Kansas Medical Center added 228 new workers.