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Salary adjustment boost for Housing Authority Staff

The non-management staff members of Housing Authority of Fiji will be paid out $546,318 in total this week as part of their salary adjustments. The Attorney-General, Minister for Public Enterprises
02 Dec 2015 08:17
Salary adjustment boost for Housing Authority Staff

The non-management staff members of Housing Authority of Fiji will be paid out $546,318 in total this week as part of their salary adjustments.

The Attorney-General, Minister for Public Enterprises and acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, broke the good news to staff members yesterday.

The salary and wages adjustment go back to 2011 and will start from the lowest paid staff member and go up to team leaders.

Government has approved payment of $369,774 from 2011 and there is another adjustment that takes place from November 1, 2013 of $176,544.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the adjustment will mean the salaries and wages of Housing Authority non-management staff members will be in line with the market rates.

Rationale behind move

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explaining the rationale behind this adjustment, told the staff members about the critical role each one played in the performance of the organisation.

As such, he said Government wanted people to be paid the right wages and salaries in order to retain people and ensure people are committed to the positions.

But, to be able to do this, he indicated the organisation needs to do well also, and he acknowledged the efforts of every staff member and the management in ensuring the best performance level.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted the Housing Authority’s indicative annual surplus for 2015 was $2.5 million.

This is the amount that the Housing Authority has and what it would make by the end of the year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this surplus of $2.5 million had never been previously achieved in the history of the organisation.

 

Performance-based culture

Housing Authority chief executive, Joshua Wycliffe, said the adjustment would promote a performance-based culture within the organisation.

“It acts as a big incentive and morale booster for the management and our work with the staff,” he said.

Mr Wycliffe thanked all staff members for their efforts during the year, especially in the past four to five months.

“The hard work that you have done, you have made me and the management proud and made the Minister proud,” he told staff members.

“But our work doesn’t end here – it only starts. It’s only tip of the iceberg and we have a long way to go.

“I count on your professionalism and hard work that you have shown in the past five to six months as we continue to go in the New Year as well.”

 

New leadership

Mr Wycliffe joined the Housing Authority in June this year.

Nearly six months into the role, and he received a personal acknowledgment from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum on his performance and the changes brought about in the organisation.

“We are obviously seeing some discipline in terms of management structures,” he said.

“There is still lot more work to be done in that respect. Ultimately, the idea is we get best structure in place, the best people for the best positions and the right positions so everybody benefits.”

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