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Salary Boost For Civil Service

Civil servants could expect better salary package from the re-forms, Parliament was told yesterday. And there will be no job losses in the employment evaluation exercise. Attorney-General and Minister for
08 Feb 2017 14:12
Salary Boost For Civil Service
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Kumar.

Civil servants could expect better salary package from the re-forms, Parliament was told yesterday.

And there will be no job losses in the employment evaluation exercise. Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Pub- lic Enterprises, Civil Ser- vice and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement while outlining the pro- gress in the civil service reforms.

He said all civil servants could expect some form of improvement in their cur- rent remuneration package.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it would be a different approach compared to the old way of percentage increases across the board. He said it would enable the civil service to compete with the private service.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they started with a pay rise of up to 80 per cent for doctors.

He said they recognised that some positions within the civil service were not recognised in the private sector.

Therefore, Mr Sayed-Khai- yum said there was a need for benchmark data for these positions.

He said the reforms would include a comprehensive review and modernisation of salary scale for civil servants.

He said the review of the associated terms and conditions of employment would begin in few weeks.

He said Government had partnered with few stakeholders to see its implementation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the project, however, would be managed and reviewed by all the ministries involved.

He said ambitious programmes would be developed to better document their jobs.

He said they recognised that some positions were not recognised in the private sector.

Therefore, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a need for benchmark data for these positions.

An example in particular, he said were teachers and nurses where the bulk of workforce was in the public sector.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they had commissioned an additional report to identify salary relationships with other professions in neighbouring countries.

He said the benchmark data would be used to set fare wages for the staff, a draft report would be completed in few weeks on the review of salary scales.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said the review also would recognise the differences within the same professions.

An example, he said, was the nursing profession.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the difference between a highly qualified nurse and nurses who worked in the outpatient department needed to be clarified.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they received the same salary and this needed to be reviewed too.

He said there was a need to recognise people who went an extra mile to get training in specialist areas.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added this would encourage civil servants to upgrade their skills.

He said the remuneration review would also include allowances and benefits received by civil servants to see they were fairly compensated.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in the first quarter this year, civil services like support services, procurement suppliers, information research and statistical, accounting and immigration would be assessed.

The second quarter, he said, would include dental, paramedic, pharmacists, nursing, education, social workers, etc.

Whereas in the third quarter, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said civil service assessment would include environment, information technology, engineer support, scientific research, legal medical and foreign affairs.

He said it was expected to be completed by August this year.

He said the reforms would ensure that well trained and qualified personnel were roped in to fill up positions.

He said there was a need for robust methodologies in assessing applicants in making appropriate appointments.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added the reforms were also aimed to wipe out discriminative practices of recruitment.

He said it needed to ensure that the most eligible and appropriate candidates for the positions were taken in.

He said the responsibility on implementation continued to provide policy advice to ministries on recruitment guidelines.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the introduction of an appeal mechanism also added transparency and accountability to the already robust system through the ability for applicants applying for the positions to request for a review of a process.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added that when a ministry reported 30 per cent less of their achievement of KPIs but the staff performance resulted over 80 per cent,that indicated something wasn’t right.

For this, he said, there was a need for connectivity in this area.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the issue was highlighted in the World Bank Institution review of individual ministries.

He said they received 13 reports where there was mismanagement between reports of individual performances and performance of ministries.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum changes were needed to improve service delivery to the Fijian people.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the review provided research from international jurisdictions where changes were made to better align service delivery to the Fijian people.

He said it meant Government ministries would focus on the core business.

For example, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, said the Ministry of Education would focus on the provision of education and not developing expertise on construction of infrastructure.

He said the centralised implementation unit provided service across the civil service to enable all ministries to better focus on core business.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added the requirement to advertise positions once contracts expired was another strategy to improve performance and ensure they had productive workers providing Fijians the services they deserved.

He said they aimed to become an employer of choice particularly to attract young and intelligent graduates to opportunities in the civil service.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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