Gainesville Reaching Affirmative Action Hiring Goals?
"I'm pleased to some degree, but obviously, if you look at those numbers, there are some challenges in some areas," said Williams.
Williams recently sent the results from the first and second quarter of the year to city commissioners, and those numbers show that the city's department heads only hiring women and minorities for the targeted positions roughly 25 percent of the time. But, he says those statistics only include job openings in career fields that women and minorities often don't apply for.
"We divide our employee population into 25 job groups," said Williams. "There are some job groups where there are under utilization of women and minorities, or in some cases both. But there's a huge chunk or a huge portion of the employee population that is not included in that. That means we are doing extremely well in those areas."
Williams says there are a handful of specific careers where the city simply isn't getting resumes from women and minorities, but he he has a plan to fix that.
"We go to various colleges, historically black colleges, that sort of thing," said Williams. "We go to job fairs that focus on women. We use websites that cater to women and minorities."
Williams says there are two areas where they are having the hardest time finding qualified women and minorities applicants in what he calls "skill-oriented jobs" and police and fire supervisor positions.
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