Job evaluation exercise soon

A JOB evaluation exercise will start soon in a bid to retain people in the civil service.

Attorney-General and Civil Service Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this after a successful discussion with members of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions yesterday.

Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said the Government earlier conducted a benchmarking exercise, comparing the salary range paid to people employed in the civil service and those in the private sector. He said the exercise showed that in some instances, salaries paid at the intake level in some ministries were high, compared with the private sector.

However, he said, this changed as the years went on with Government intending to pay less compared with what was being paid in the private sector.

“Obviously, Government believes that to be a choice employer we need to be able to benchmark ourselves and be able to pay something relatively commensurate with what is being paid in the private sector,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It is in our interest to ensure that we don’t lose good people from the civil service.

“If, for example, the terms and conditions do not necessarily include simply just salaries and if we do not provide the right salaries and the right environment, training, exposure and other terms and conditions, we will lose good civil servants to the private sector or lose them to other multilateral organisations that operate in Fiji and outside of Fiji.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government proposed the job evaluation exercise to be carried out and asked for the Confederation of Public Sector Unions to participate.

“This exercise will be able to help us recognise civil servants who are high performers.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said the members of the confederation looked forward to the exercise.

The job evaluation exercise is expected to be completed by early next year.

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