About the Human Resources Department

The City of Aiken Human Resources Department provides comprehensive human resource services to City of Aiken employees and the public. The Human Resources Department works closely with department directors, managers, and supervisors in addition to assisting all employees as needed. The Human Resources Department maintains a unique and effective relationship with City employees in every department. The Human Resources Department assists employees by working on issues in the following areas:  benefits, compensation, employee relations, organizational development, policy development, recruitment, and selection.

The Human Resources Department works closely with the South Carolina Employment Security Commission on job recruitment and job advertisements.  Applications for City employment are taken at the South Carolina Employment Security Office at 1571 Richland Avenue; SE. Out of town applicants may send resumes for current opened positions to City of Aiken Human Resources P.O. Box 1177, Aiken SC 29802.

The Human Resources Department maintains a pay for performance compensation plan for its employees.  The City’s pay for performance program is designed to recognize quality performance in City employees.  The amount of yearly pay increase, other than cost of living, each employee receives is determined by their annual performance evaluation.  This system ensures City merit increase funds are used effectively and that they motivate employees to continually improve performance and offer the best possible service to the citizens of Aiken.

Training is vital to the successful operation of the City of Aiken.  The Human Resources Department assists other departments in providing necessary employee training.  The Human Resources Department also helps facilitate the City’s Character Initiative by assisting in making character instruction available to City of Aiken employees.  These sessions are also open to the public to be enjoyed by anyone interested in Aiken’s Character Initiative and character education.

The Human Resources Department works to ensure that City of Aiken salaries are competitive.  The department annually conducts a number of salary surveys on various positions as a means to monitor the competitiveness of the City’s pay plan.  This and the City of Aiken’s excellent benefits package have had a positive and profound effect on the retention of our employees.  The most recent statistics on the City’s voluntary turn over rate was at 8% for full-time and regular part-time employees.  It is a goal of the Human Resources Department to continue to work on issues related to the retention and recruitment of quality customer oriented employees by working on compensation, benefits, and an overall positive work environment for all City employees. Our goal is to be a most attractive employer for current and future employees and in doing so maintain a high level of service to the citizens of Aiken.