Info for Potential Employees Regarding the Spring 2024 Hiring Freeze

Frequently asked questions for potential employees regarding the hiring freeze effective March 29, 2024

As of March 29, 2024, the City of St. Louis has established a hiring freeze. All jobs posted on the city job page are live and accepting applications. For all positions you see below, applications will be reviewed and hires made. The freeze impacts only the new, non-essential positions that were not submitted to the Department of Personnel prior to March 29, 2024. No new positions for non-essential positions will be posted except on a case by case basis.

Essential positions include dispatch positions, positions within the police department including police officers, positions supporting public safety, positions supporting the collection of trash and positions supporting the maintenance of our water system. Positions supporting the airport are also exempt from the hiring freeze.

For more information, please feel free to read our FAQ for potential employees.

Why did the City of St. Louis implement a hiring freeze?

The City implemented a hiring freeze to avoid potential layoffs in the event the state legislature curtails the City’s earning tax or in the event that pending litigation significantly diminishes returns from the earnings tax. Potential threats to the City’s budget could amount to a loss of over $109M. Additionally, with the passage of BB 146, the City estimates a loss of $10M. This financial loss could increase over time.

Are the jobs posted online subject to the hiring freeze?

No, we are still hiring for the jobs currently posted online. New positions, exempt from the hiring freeze, may be added on a case by case basis. Applicants may still apply for any position currently listed online and hiring for those positions will continue as normal.

If I submitted an application for a position before the hiring freeze, do I need to resubmit?

No. Applicants currently under consideration will still be considered.

How long will the hiring freeze be in place?

We currently do not have an end date for the hiring freeze, as the Mayor, her staff, and members of the cabinet continue to seek out strategic avenues to prevent the financial impact of this legislation and litigation.

If I do become an employee, will the hiring freeze impact any potential raises?

Yes, as of right now, there will be no across the board increases for City employees. However, there is a 1.5% increase which will remain in effect for FY’25.

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