Hiring Freeze News & Updates


NOTICE:  Staff Positions May Be Posted with Hire Dates of 9/1/2017 or Later

As you are aware, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a hiring freeze in late January of this year that extended through August 31, 2017.  This hiring freeze impacted positions funded by state appropriations including positions at institutions of higher education. 

In preparation for the expiration of the hiring freeze, staff positions impacted by the freeze may now be posted for a hire date of September 1, 2017 or after.  When submitting the vacancy posting in PATH, departments/units are asked to indicate the following information in the Job Summary:
This position will be filled on or after September 1, 2017. 

Adding this statement will help the Recruitment Office with processing the posting without having to check the position’s funding source/hiring freeze status, and will convey to job applicants that the position will not start before September 1 (unless an alternate source of funding is identified). For more details about the hiring freeze that was implemented on January 31, 2017, see below, Hiring Freeze Information (1-31-2017).

Questions or concerns related to the hiring freeze or the recruitment process should be referred to Ms. Rita Bowden, Manager of the Recruitment Office, at 862-1015 or

Hiring Freeze Information (1-31-2017)

On January 31, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a hiring freeze through August 31, 2017, for positions funded by state appropriations. Institutions of higher education were included in the hiring freeze directive.

Exempted from the freeze are positions not funded through appropriated funds and positions that have a direct impact on public safety. In addition, the Governor’s office has approved the continued hiring of state work study student workers.

The Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness has been operating within these guidelines.  Positions that are funded by accounts starting with 1XXXXX or 29XXXX, other than public safety positions, are subject to the freeze.   We are proceeding with opening vacancy postings and issuing hiring certificates for staff positions with other funding accounts and staff positions with a direct impact on public safety. 

Departments may proceed with posting and filling vacant positions that are:

  1. Not subject to the freeze,
  2. Scheduled to begin September 1, 2017,
  3. Identified through executive leadership as critical positions and approved with alternate funding sources through August 31,2017, or
  4. Identified as critical hires and exempted from the freeze by the Governor’s office.  

If you have any questions regarding staff recruitment and hiring during the hiring freeze, please contact the Recruitment and Workforce Planning office in the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness,Recruitment and Workforce Planning at or 979-845-5154.