Overtime pay for civil servants on Band F

Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: FT FILE

ALL civil servants on Band F with the exception of teachers will now be paid for any overtime work, Attorney-General and Minister of Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in a statement.

The effective date for the new policy is April 18. Health workers, however, on Band F will be eligible for overtime pay back dated to the commencement date of their new contracts.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained that the decision to pay overtime was part of the ongoing and comprehensive civil service reforms being undertaken by Government.

“All non-teacher civil servants on Band F will now be compensated for all future hours worked overtime. Overtime back pay will also be honored for all of Fiji’s essential health workers on Band F, starting from the time they began work under their new contracts,” the statement said.

“This expansion of overtime pay is another positive outcome of this Government’s ongoing civil service reforms, and it is yet another way that, through bold and thoughtful change, we have made the civil service a more attractive, merit-based career path that competes with the private sector to attract and retain top talent.”

“We would especially like to thank the many essential workers in the healthcare space, who put in extra hours without knowing this announcement was coming; the back pay you will receive is recognition of your hard work and dedication,” he added.

Previously, overtime compensation was only made available to nurses on Band F and other non-teacher civil servants on pay Band E. According to the Fijian Civil Service salary bands approved on June 29, 2017, those on Band F earn between $20,163.22 to $36,103.75.

“This new and more inclusive policy is a part of the Civil Service Reform Management Unit’s extensive review of the terms and conditions of civil servants’ work to create a more equitable workplace where extra hours and work are properly compensated,” the statement said.