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67% of all eligible gov’t workers have now received 2016 salary increments

Premier and Minister of Finance, Andrew Fahie. (GIS Photo)

Sixty-seven percent of eligible public officers have received their 2016 increments that was promised by government earlier this year.

Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie made the announcement during Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.

The Premier said the Department of Human Resources advised him the total number of public officers eligible for the 2016 increments stands at 2,163. He further said all persons are expected to receive their monies by the end of next month.

He said: “As of 30th September 2019, an estimated 67 percent of eligible officers have been paid their increments. The Department of Human Resources has provided monthly updates on the progress of increment payments and is reported they will continue to work towards completion by the end of November 2019.”

He also outlined the procedure taken by the Department of Human Resources in determining the eligible public officers.

“I’ve been advised by the Director of Human Resources that on 24th June 2019, the Department of Human Resources provided notice and instructions for processing of the increments for the 2016 work year by way of a human resources circular.”

“With the collaboration of accounting officers, normal roles were vetted for officer’s eligibility, salary changes and position movements,” Fahie said.

Premier Fahie also hinted at the possibility of public officers beginning to receive their 2017 increments by the end of the year.

“My government is deligently monitoring the revenues with conditions permeting, we maybe in the position to pay the 2017 increments as early as the middle of December 2019 and that is with the conditions permitting, if they remain the same as they are,” he said.

The Premier had announced in his budget address back in April that the estimates for the years 2016 and 2017 would be included in the 2019 budget.

On June 19, 2019, Cabinet approved the payments of the 2016 and 2017 increments in lieu of performance increments, with the immediate payments of the 2016 increments, inclusive of all salaries from 1st January 2017 to date.

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  1. HR Director says:

    I truly think that we need to periodically move around department heads within the Public Service. The Director of Human Resources needs to be shifted to some other area. Her performance is barely adequate. The Department of HR has deteriorated during her leadership

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  2. SMDH says:

    It took VIP to get into power for we the public servants to get our increments.

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  3. Shameful says:

    And yet he said the country was broke…

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  4. And says:

    everyone is looking forward to receiving the 2017 shortly. It is badly needed.

  5. PEOPLE says:

    The VIP government must be commended for finally paying the public servants their long overdue increments.

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  6. Disappointed says:

    I don’t know how the Premier can take time to tell the public such when it is far from the truth. It’s obvious he does not know what is going on in Human Resources and the money will not be paid as claimed. How about ensuring your facts are straight before talking?

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