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Not everyone will get a pay raise after public service salary review

Director of Human Resources, Michelle Donovan-Stevens

As the government embarks on a compensation review and job classification for the public service, Director Of Human Resources, Michelle Donovan-Stevens has advised that not all officers will get a salary increase.

The public service has not undergone a comprehensive salary review in 19 years. Seeking to correct this longstanding neglect, the Ministry of Finance is now seeking consultancy services to conduct the review.

“As we begin the compensation review and job classification, many of you will be wondering if this exercise means an increase in salary for all officers. This is not the case,” Donovan-Stevens said in an address to public officers on Thursday.

“We will make every effort to ensure adequate compensation for our officers that is in line with local and regional industry standards, but this process may highlight that some roles and functions are, in fact, already aligned with those standards,” she explained.

The human resources boss said the review process will also include a classification exercise during which various job groups such as administration, legal, technical will be assessed. This exercise will involve potential interviews and surveys with a random cross-section of officers from the various job groups.

She further said her team will be engaging organisations such as the Civil Service Association, Teachers Union, Prison Welfare Association, Police Welfare Association to ensure that they are involved at the essential phases of the review.

The entire review process is projected to last 12 months.

“Upon completion of the consultant’s report, it will be immediately reviewed by the Office of the Deputy Governor and the designated project team under the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources to ensure the scope and deliverables of the project have been met. Following this, a full report will be presented to Cabinet for consideration and decision on the findings and recommendations,” Donovan-Stevens stated.

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  1. No nonsense says:

    So, when I get my raise and my friend dont get, we all leaving. They will treat us just like they did the police force. Government is NOT TO BE TRUSTED!

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  2. Pay raise says:

    For below average service for 20+ years. Great let’s reward laziness and rudeness of nearly the entire civil service..

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    • Other Side says:

      Ever thought that it is because they have been under-paid and under-valued for years so they are disgruntled.

      Pay peanuts, get monkeys!

      Government needs to treat their staff with value.

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  3. . says:

    The greedy senior staff will get but not the hardworking junior staff.

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  4. Stupes says:

    She will get one though!

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  5. Covid-19 crisis says:

    but the BVI is throwing money out of the windows, love it!

  6. And says:

    while they are at it Mr. Premier, the social security and pension recipients are in dire need of an adustment to their monthly check, due to the very high cost of living of the country.

    It is a fact now that $100.00 cannot feed one person for three days in this country.

    Further, if government does not bring the rising cost of food under control, seniors will have to go back to work.

    The over pricing, gouging, obsessive greed and heartlessness must be curtailed.

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  7. Thinker says:

    Yes, staff should get fair pay according to their skills and performance. So, this does need a thorough review of staffing and operations, plus an effective and honest appraisal system. But, the BVI Civil Service is generally bloated and inefficient. Many staff should be released and systems automated. There are plenty of jobs in the private sector (just look at the ads for work permits), so no BVIslander will be without work after this adjustment, if they want to work…..

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  8. Savage says:

    Bvi locals are lazy, they prefer government work, hotel work, boat tying and stuff like that. The construction sector needs workers but not bvi locals they too good for that type of hard work.

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  9. Lol says:

    So no cost of living increase?

  10. Windy says:

    Let me see. What’s your family name ??

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