Turks & Caicos Islands civil servants get pay hikes under $9 million plan

payroll-salary-740PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Sunday May 24, 2015 – Most civil servants are going home with bigger salaries under a pay and grading review that will see government spending $9 million to attract, retain and reward front line public workers.

The increases are targeted at those with the required technical and professional competencies, especially those working in the fields of education, health and immigration, as well as firefighters.

“Ninety per cent of our civil service is set to benefit from significantly increased remuneration,” said head of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) civil service and Deputy Governor Anya Williams.

“Everyone will benefit from the improved structures and the reintroduction of future pay increments. Not one person will see their earnings reduced, although the most senior levels of management, such as the permanent secretaries, are not receiving any increases.

“This implementation will benefit our efforts to attract and keep the right calibre of people in our public sector by rewarding their competencies and roles,” Williams added.

The new system will also benefit government by absorbing a complicated and inconsistently applied set of allowances into one simpler, fairer and more appropriate pay and grading structure.

It has been designed to be transparent, fair, equitable, reflect the major differences in responsibility and skill levels and allow the TCI public service to have a structure for the proper and transparent management of remuneration, the administration said.

The new system was developed through extensive consultation via a working group, including the Civil Servants Association, and the senior executive.

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