Classified Employees

Classified Civil Service positions are categorized as Permanent, Project, or Limited Term Employment (LTE).

Permanent Positions - Classified permanent positions offer employees insurance, leave and retirement benefits. Most positions require a civil service exam that is specific to the position type. Job announcements and application instructions can be found on the WiscJobs website.

Project Positions - Project positions do not require a civil service test and do not carry permanent status. Project positions may last up to four years and offer benefits.

Key Information

Annual Performance Evaluations

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development. The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals, establish objectives for contributing to the department's mission, and discuss expectations and accomplishments. All wage adjustments are based upon satisfactory performance.

Discretionary Merit Compensation (DMC) and Discretionary Equity and Retention Adjustments (DERA)

Discretionary Merit Compensation (DMC) provisions allow the employer discretion to provide employees economic recognition for merit. Discretionary Equity and Retention Adjustments (DERA) provisions allow the employer discretion or provide employees economic recognition to address pay equity or retention needs.

All DMC and DERA require the approval of the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) prior to being granted.


Employees may contest certain actions with affect their conditions of employment through the process outlined in the Wisconsin Human Resources Handbook, Chapter 430.

Office of State Employment Relations

The Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) oversees the state civil service system, manages labor relations, and leads the state's affirmative action and equal opportunity employment programs. Information that can be found on the OSER site.


A reclassification may be granted when sufficient job change has occurred involving the assignment of higher level duties and responsibilities in a position and the position, therefore, is more appropriately identified in a higher-level classification.