Thursday, February 2, 2023

Philadelphia City Comptroller releases annual diversity report: Progress, but more work to do

On Tuesday, December 20, the Philadelphia City Comptroller’s Office released its annual analysis reporting diversity among city exempt employees, with today’s release focusing on fiscal year 2021 (FY21). The diversity review looks at departmental diversity for more than 4,700 exempt employees, including new hires with salaries of nearly $90,000.

According to the review, for the first time in four years the comptroller’s office reports that the new staff reflects the city’s diverse demographics.

Breaks down the analysis of exempt employees by office department and race/ethnicity. Based on census data, it establishes representation for the department and compares it to the demographics of Philadelphia.

In addition to city departments and independent offices under the mayor’s power, more data were reviewed, which are the Office of the Director General (MDO), the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) and the Legal Department.

According to the latest census data used in the report, Philadelphia’s population is approximately 67.0% diverse, with Black or African American 38.6%, Hispanic 15.9%, Asian 7.5% and, as the data says, 5.0%. Other .

In the specific case of Latinos, they represent 12.5% ​​of new officials hired in FY 21 in departments dependent on the mayor’s office. This is an improvement, given that in 2020 these same departments did not appoint any Latinos to their executive positions.

The report also shows that in Philadelphia’s independent departments and offices, the racial and ethnic breakdown of such exempt employees does not reflect the city’s overall population, but has improved. Miscellaneous employees represented 47.3% of total exempt employees in 2021, which is a slight increase from 45.8% in 2020, according to the report.

As a result of the 2021 improvements to diverse hiring, for the first time they reflect the demographics of an entire city. Diverse groups received an overall 71.0% exemption in 2021, compared to 2020, when it was only 58.3%.

However, when it comes to executive new hires, this number did not increase and remains less diverse than new hires overall, although the report notes that there has been an increase in executive new hires compared to the last three years. have improved. Among newly appointed officers, diverse representation increased from 40.0% in 2020 to 56.2% in 2021.

Mayor Jim Kenney and his administration created Exempt Employee Hiring Guidelines in 2017 that were supposed to work to increase diverse representation among the exempt workforce. Although the guidelines are not mandatory, the mayoral departments are expected to follow them.

“This progress is significant and a positive step in the right direction toward a workforce that reflects Philadelphia’s population,” Acting City Comptroller Christy Brady said in a statement about the report. “Although the city’s exempt labor force is not yet representative of Philadelphia’s population, it has been in recent years.”

Philadelphia employs approximately 4,700 people who are not hired through the civil service system, ie exempt employees. The workforce is made up of employees at all levels, including senior management, such as department and cabinet heads.

While the report shows some growth in key areas, much work remains to be done to truly reflect the city’s diverse demographics.

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