Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has explained why some public servants may have to wait an additional four years before receiving their promised salary increments earned several years ago.
Public servants were initially promised that they would receive all of their outstanding increments by the end of the second quarter last year, however, Cabinet made a shocking disclosure in December last year that increments may be delayed for some public servants by as much as four additional years.
Up to January 15, Dr Wheatley said over 2,000 public officers were paid increments for the 2018 – 2019 work years and said this number represents a combined total of active and separated public officers.
“The Department of Human Resources continues to work extremely hard to complete this phase of the process while simultaneously working to begin the process for implementation of the new salary structure,” the Premier added.
According to the Premier, the Cabinet decided that all outstanding increment arrears for the public service are to be paid by 2027, subject to the availability of funding and barring any unforeseen circumstances.
“The rationale for extending the period to 2027, is so that the outstanding amounts can be spread across several budget years,” the Premier explained.
He added: “Just for clarity. Persons would be paid their outstanding arrears by 2027, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t happen before.”
Dr Wheatley shared that Cabinet also decided that the ongoing increment salary adjustments for the period 2020 to 2022, scheduled to be completed in December 2023, should also include the adjustment of a step for the 2023 incremental work year.
The Premier also told lawmakers that it was important to note that the total staff complement of the public service has fluctuated during the period 2018 to present. “As such, the estimated number of public officers has increased from the 2,261 initially reported to an approximate 2,496 at the conclusion of 2023,” Dr Wheatley said.
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