UC Budget Central

Resources for faculty & staff

Workforce cost reduction actions & options

In response to the state budget crisis and its impact on the University of California, several programs and tools are now in place to reduce the size of the UC Berkeley workforce, either temporarily or through attrition.

Staff hiring freeze

Hiring for all career and contract staff positions on the Berkeley campus is now frozen. Details are available on some positions that are excluded, and on how to petition for an exception to the freeze.

Temporary faculty hiring slowdown

A slowdown in hiring new and replacement faculty positions has been in effect throughout 2008-09 and will continue in 2009-10. Recruitments, usually 100 annually, are limited to about 25 this year and next.

Faculty retirements

A new program provides modest assistance and options for faculty making the transition to retirement, plus funding for departments to cover the associated costs. See department chairs and deans for details.

In the event of layoffs

Avoiding, implementing, and surviving staff layoffs

Information for staff facing layoffs, and for units and managers who want to minimize the impact of staff reductions on employees and operations.

Resources for employees facing layoff

Campus resources, including the Transition Services Program, plus helpful links and phone numbers for off-campus offices and services.

Budget Central resource calendar
Classes, workshops and stress-reducing activities are listed in this compendium of campus events
Career services

Career development workshops

Career planning, job searching, and self-assessment classes for UC Berkeley employees.

Career counseling for staff

Offered by the Center for Workforce Development, this program helps employees identify their values, skills, and career interests.

Career Counseling Library at the Tang Center

A collection of books, files, school catalogs, and electronic resources to help explore career alternatives.

Counseling and health services

CARE Services

Free, confidential problem assessment and referral for staff and faculty on many issues, including work-related stress and health effects. Consultations and appointments may be arranged by calling (510) 643-7754.

Free online mental health screenings

Faculty and staff can complete a self-assessment for signs of depression, anxiety, and other stress disorders (use keyword uofcberkeley).

Staff Ombuds Office

A confidential, informal, impartial, neutral, and non-adversarial alternative for resolving work-related problems.


A collection of services and offices that help faculty and staff balance work, personal, and family obligations.

Financial Planning Resources

Free classes, workshops and resources on financial management to help faculty, staff and retirees take control of their financial future.

Staying healthy

From eating right to getting active, the Tang Center offers comprehensive links to campus resources.

Employee information

Employee Relations

Consultants work with specific campus units to answer questions on performance management, conflict resolution, reorganization, policies, and other employee issues.

Personnel policies

UC systemwide policies and the UC Berkeley procedures for implementing them.

Unions, bargaining agreements, and labor relations

General information on unions and labor relations, plus specifics on UC agreements with each bargaining unit representing UC employees.

Printable information

Resources for employees in times of change (March 2009 Town Hall flyer, PDF)