$4 million annually, that’s how much the recently announced pay hike for 1500 civil servants will cost Government. But Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson says that figure will not increase the burden on the national budget. He says on average $5 million remains available in the budget for human resources, money saved due to a hiring freeze.
It’s that amount that will fund the pay increases. Mr Manderson says only top performers who’ve been in the service over three years will benefit. He adds there’s no politics in the timing of the increases.
“I am very, very happy about that, this is not just for 1500. This is basically the entire civil service would have been received an increase if they had been performing. The timing was on us. We had to make sure, as the Premier has always said, that the country could afford this, that we had proper savings, that we had a sustained surplus and we have delivered that and now the performance of the civil service is being rewarded,” Mr Manderson says.