By Ed Jacovino
HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has two men for every woman who works in his office, a sharp change from a more even distribution earlier in the governor’s term.
The shift toward a male-dominated office also coincides with high turnover — only 12 of the 26 people who worked in Malloy’s office in 2011 are still there, an employee roster provided by the administration shows.
In that time, the number of people working in the governor’s office shrank, and employees are earning less money on average, the roster also shows.
Here’s how the numbers break down:
• Malloy’s office had 26 full-time employees — 14 men and 12 women — in May 2011, four months after he took office, not counting the governor.
• By June of this year, Malloy had 16 men and eight women working in his office, a 2-to-1 ratio.
• The decrease from 26 full-time employees in 2011 to 24 in 2013 led to a drop in personnel costs: from $2.2 million in the 2011-12 budget year to $1.95 million in the 2012-13 year that ended June 30.
• And the average pay for full-time workers decreased from about $81,200 a year to about $78,100 from 2011 to 2013. The median salary in Malloy’s office likewise dropped, from $75,000 to $70,000 over the same time.
Of the eight women in Malloy’s office, four earned at least the median salary of $70,000, the roster shows.
Gender disparity in the workplace plays out in how decisions are made, Teresa Younger, executive director of the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, said when asked about the breakdown in the governor’s office.
“Does the administration recognize that there’s this now relatively significant disparity going on?” Younger asked, adding that it’s important for women to share in positions of power.
She said other questions also should be asked: “In what roles are women serving within his staff, and how is he ensuring diversity of voices at the table in terms of policy?”
In a 2011 report on the presence and role of women in government, the PCSW found that Malloy’s office had an even breakdown between men and women. But even then, only one of Malloy’s top five advisers was a woman, the group pointed out. That employee later left and was replaced by a man.
Malloy officials dismissed comparisons of present office staffing to that of two years ago, saying a restructuring of the office in 2012 makes the evaluation “not possible.”
“Some positions were consolidated, and in fact we are currently operating with fewer employees and fewer expenses on payroll than in previous years,” Mark Ojakian, Malloy’s chief of staff, responded in an email to questions about the change.
Malloy as a candidate and shortly after taking office sought to compare his office to that of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell. In 2010, he promised to have an office 15 percent smaller Rell’s, which had 32 full-time employees at the time. In 2011, his staff announced he had met that target.
Ojakian also vouched for Malloy’s commitment to diversity.
“The governor profoundly believes that diversity in the workplace is a critical component of making government work better for the people it serves,” Ojakian said. “It’s part of the reason we have looked to fill high-profile positions across state government with candidates representing a broad range of backgrounds.”
Malloy on Monday issued a statement in support of Women’s Equality Day. The day marked the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
“Equality for women, including pay equity, fair employment policies, and access to health care is critical to the strength and competitiveness of Connecticut and this country,” Malloy, a Democrat, said.
Malloy also created a task force to study the wage gap between men and women in the same job. Some studies indicate women earn 76 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same position.