Workforce and Transaction Summary

FY23 Affirmative Action Plan Workforce and Transaction Summary

  • There are 13,217 employees statewide employed with the Illinois Department of Human Services. Of the workforce, 4,697 or 36% are Blacks or African Americans, 1,434 or 11% are Hispanics or Latinos, 634 or 5% are Asians and 64 or 0% (.48%) are American Indian or Alaskan Native. Additionally, 667 or 5% are employees with disabilities and 9,144 or 69% are Females.
  • There were 1,073 total new hires. Of those hires, 331 or 31% were Blacks or African Americans, 115 or 11% were Hispanics or Latinos, and 67 or 6% were Asians. Additionally, 51 or 5% of hires were persons with disabilities and 753 or 70% were Females.
  • There were 551 promotions. Of those promoted, 193 or 35% were Blacks or African Americans, 85 or 15% were Hispanics or Latinos, and 16 or 3% were Asians. Additionally, 16 or 3% of promotions were persons with disabilities and 391 or 71% were Females.

IDHS utilizes Department of Central Management Services Personnel Code employment recruiting guidelines. The success of IDHS' employment of underutilized minorities is based on limited opportunities to make decisions independent of factors such as bargaining unit considerations or veteran preference. IDHS is rarely given the opportunity to utilize the open competitive list. IDHS is open to methods and external recommendations to increase targeted hiring and recruitment.

IDHS' has been instrumental in its commitment to being involved with IDHS recruitment efforts. Discussions center around where IDHS needs to make improvements in addressing the need for a more diversified workforce that better meets the needs of the Agency and the customers served. The need to continue improving IDHS' performance in achieving underutilization goals is a priority. Educating minority populations to navigate the State of Illinois hiring process is key to understanding what is needed to become employed in State government.

IDHS utilizes the following online job centers to recruit for potential positions:, IDHS' Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services' Work4 Illinois website to post job opportunities. IDHS also posts jobs on (continuing education and alumni engagement),, Symplicity, Zip Recruiter,, Hypojobs, and, LinkedIn, the Trending Jobs, the Jobg8, the JobRapido, Propel Inc., AppCast, Google, Jobcase, Talroo, GetIt, MyJobHelper, the Glassdoor, the Niche Network, the Local Job Network Diversity, the American Correctional Association, the Illinois Correctional Associations, the Illinois Psychiatric Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Chicago Medical Society, the School Superintendents Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the Latino Job Network, Circa, the National Diversity Network, the Retirement Job Network, the American Job Network, the Asian Job Network, the LGBT Job Network, the Disability Job Exchange, the Veteran's Job Exchange, the Military Times, the Women for Hire, the Hire Military, the African American Job Network, the Disability Job Network, the Women Job Network, the Veteran Job Network, the Disability Solutions, LatPro, the Jobfindah, the LGBT JobFindah, the Black JobFindah, the Women JobFindah, the Vet JobFindah, the Ability JobFindah, Dice, the Jobtome, the Snagajob, the, the TopUSAJobs, Adzuna, Nexxt, the JobsinLogistics, the Lensa, Upward, the Flexjobs, the Juju, the Geebo, the Jobserve, the Linkup, the Careerbliss, the, the Careerbuilder, the Illinois Medical Group Management Association,, the Correction Leadership Support,, PracticeLink,,, The College Central, Individual School Job Boards - Northeastern, County Job Boards - DuPage, McHenry, and, Simply Hired, livecareer, CareerJet, JobInventory, Myperfectresume,, Resumenow, Postforfree, JobisJob, Purejobs, Gigajob, Jobvertise, VetCareer, RIR, MyJobHelper, Wond, CareerBliss, Glassdoor, Granted, Job Diagnosis, Jobcase, Careerjet, Job Rapido, Jobs-to-Careers, JobVertise, Jooble, WowJobs, and JobisJob.

IDHS conducts virtual recruitment events and attempts to inundate the eligibility list for Mental Health Technician Trainee (Para-Professional, which promotes to Technician), Social Service Career Trainee (Professional), Registered Nurse (Professional), and Support Service Worker (Service Maintenance) titles with potential minority job candidates. At these virtual events, IDHS provides the opportunity for interested persons to learn more about employment with the Illinois Department of Human Services. Virtual Recruitment events are also available upon request. IDHS offers virtual recruitment presentations regarding careers with the State of Illinois and instructions on navigating the CMS-100 Application Process with IDHS.

IDHS continues to be part of a cross-agency work group to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) hiring issues, which is finalizing the first phase of recommendations to CMS. This group includes CMS, HFS, and IDHR, among others, to improve recruitment and hiring and the State's ability to engage diverse, qualified staff. Recommendations have been reviewed preliminary by the Governor's Office in anticipation of meeting with CMS.

NOTE: Numbers and percentages are based on information received by IDHS' Bureau of Civil Affairs.