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Survey: Many gov’t workers unhappy, plan to leave

A new survey has found that as many as 20 percent of government workers plan to leave their current positions by the end of this year.

The CareerBuilder.com study, which surveyed 116 government workers 18 and olde

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A new survey has found that as many as 20 percent of government workers plan to leave their current positions by the end of this year.

The CareerBuilder.com study, which surveyed 116 government workers 18 and older in the U.S. also found that nearly 18 percent are dissatisfied with their jobs, and 36 percent said better pay and/or career advancement would be a prime motivator for leaving.

Among the other findings:

  • 71 percent said they did not receive a promotion in 2006
  • 36 percent feel they were overlooked for a promotion
  • 43 percent said they are dissatisfied with their career advancement opportunities
  • 45 percent are dissatisfied with the training and learning opportunities
  • One third are unhappy with their salaries
  • One in 10 did not get a raise this year
  • 76 percent did not get a bonus this year
  • Part of the dissatisfaction, according to the study, comes from the perception that workers are putting in longer hours without additional pay. More than half thought their workload is heavier than it was six months ago, with nearly a third saying their work/life balance was uneven.

    The survey, "Job forecast 2007 -- Government," was conducted from Nov. 17 through Dec. 11. It was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com.