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Correct Pay For Civil Servants

Civil servants will receive proper remuneration after the completion of the job evaluation exercise led by the Civil Service Reform Management Unit. At least 80 senior civil servants began the
30 Mar 2017 11:00
Correct Pay For Civil Servants
The Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (seated front, middle), with participants at the launch of job evaluator accreditation training with Sorro Themask at Novotel Suva Lami Bay. Photo: DEPTFO News

Civil servants will receive proper remuneration after the completion of the job evaluation exercise led by the Civil Service Reform Management Unit.

At least 80 senior civil servants began the three-day training course yesterday to become job evaluators in their different ministries. This will allow them to be able to properly benchmark positions within the civil service.

While officiating at the event, Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it was unfortunate that the civil service, for the past decades ¬- in particular post-1987 – suffered from a lack of transparency and lack of appointments made on merit.

“As a result for some people, it inculcates a sense of entitlement. For some, they then believe that they can progress along the line because they have been in the system for a longer period. That sort of idea needs to be removed,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said with merit based appointments, one could stand and say that people have been appointed through a credible process.

Regarding merit-based appointments, he said: “It doesn’t matter where they come from, what gender they are, which part of Fiji they are from, or what religious faith they belong to because we know these people will do their best for the organisation.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that there was a need to ensure that those who are employed in any positions are remunerated as they should be.

This is despite efforts by the Fiji Public Service Association to fault the programme.

At the recent FPSA general meeting, General Secretary Rajeshwar Singh said that he had suggested a 15 per cent pay rise across the board.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the FPSA was missing the point as they may actually be denying their members a pay rise of more than 15 per cent for some if not all the positions.

“By just giving them a one off 15 per cent pay rise, you are actually not recognising the different skill-sets they may have and different salary levels required to be given for people within a particular profession depending on the level of risk”.

He said FPSA may also be denying the fact that by giving a 15 per cent pay rise across the board they are not recognising specialisation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also emphasised that it would be unfair for someone who was not performing to be getting the same 15 per cent pay rise as someone who worked hard.

The A-G said: “Our job evaluation is not about a simple one off pay rise.  It is about getting the base right and then having a continuous evaluation or assessment of salaries based on the employment market.

“Of course we have been involving FPSA since last year and they are not necessarily happy with the evaluation exercise that we have done, but we will forge ahead and will continue to do that because it is in the best interest of the all civil service”

He said civil servants should start adopting new ways of thinking to be able to fit into 21st century Fiji and at the same time be responsive to serve all Fijians better.

Government started the open merit recruitment system last year. The job evaluation exercise will be a continuous one for all civil servants.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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