About This Report
The 2010 Washington State Workforce Report focuses on state employees in the
general government portion of the executive branch. This includes all permanent and
non-permanent employees in state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor and
other executive elected officials.
This report does not cover employees in higher education, the legislative and judicial
branches, and certain others, such as emergency firefighters, youth conservation corps,
and those who are paid by the state’s payroll system but are not considered to be state
Excluding higher education, the executive branch makes up about 98 percent of the
workforce. The legislative branch and judicial branch make up the remaining 2 percent.
The primary source of the Washington state government workforce data is the Human
Resource Management System (HRMS) managed by the Department of Personnel.
The data contained in this report is as of June 30, 2010, unless otherwise noted. Most
data is based on fiscal years. The state fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.
For example, FY 2010 began July 1, 2009, and ended June 30, 2010.
Key Events Impacting the State Workforce
July 2005 – Civil service rule changes, job class consolidation, and collective bargaining
agreements go into effect (per 2002 Personnel System Reform Act).
July 2006 – All agencies complete the transition from an old legacy payroll system to
processing payroll through the Human Resource Management System (HRMS).
August 2008 – Freeze on hiring, non-emergency out-of-state travel, new equipment purchases, and non-emergency personal service contracts.
October 2008 – Supplemental budget results in additional one percent budget cuts.
December 2008 – Hiring freeze replaced by hiring cap.
February 2009 –
- Freeze on wage/salary increases for one year for Washington Management Service and
at-will positions (HB 5460).
- Governor’s Directive on Shared Services (09-02).
April 2009 – Negotiated salary increases for 2009 are not funded in final budget.
December 2009 – Governor’s supplemental budget requires cuts in state agencies. Executive Order 09-08 “Elimination of Certain Boards and Commissions” is signed.
February 2010 –
- Legislature imposes moratorium on monetary performance awards (SHB 2998).
- Legislature extends freeze on WMS and at-will salaries through June 30, 2011 (SSB 6382).
March 2010 – Legislature imposes hiring freeze effective through June 30, 2011 (ESHB 2921).