The City Sentinel, Staff Report
The City of Oklahoma City is offering sign-on bonuses ranging from $2,500 to $5,500 to bolster recruitment efforts for 24 difficult-to-fill job classifications.
Jobs that qualify for a signing bonus range from entry level positions that don’t require a high school diploma to highly skilled jobs that require degrees.
“We have an unprecedented number of job openings right now and are facing similar challenges in recruiting and retaining employees as other industries and job sectors,” City Manager Craig Freeman said.
“We have spent months listening to potential, current and previous employees as well as leadership in all City Departments and believe if we can recruit quality people into these hard to fill positions, we anticipate they will stay and grow in our organization.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City is tied with Salt Lake City for the lowest unemployment rate reported for large metropolitan areas across the nation.
People can log on to okc.gov/careers to review job openings and submit their applications.
New employees hired into positions that qualify for the incentive will receive their bonus up front. They must sign an agreement requiring them to repay the money if their employment ends before the end of their probationary period.
Probationary periods vary based upon job classification.
This is a list of job classifications approved for a signing bonus and the bonus amount:
911 Dispatcher I – Trainee
Animal Welfare Officer I
Animal Welfare Representative
Civil Engineer II
Collection and Distribution Trainee – Technician
Crew Worker II
Grounds Maintenance Operator I – Trainee
Plant Operator III
Police Report Clerk
Refuse Collector Trainee
Construction Equipment Operator I
Construction Equipment Operator II
Grounds Maintenance Operator II
Building Heat and Air Mechanic
Building Inspector, Provisional
Fire Apparatus Mechanic
Skilled Trades Worker