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Members of the Jamaican Cabinet led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at their swearing in on March 7, 2016. (Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

Gov’t ministers in Jamaica could receive performance-based pay

Members of the Jamaican Cabinet led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at their swearing in on March 7, 2016. (Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

Government ministers in Jamaica could soon be paid based on their performance, according to Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (standing right) addressing the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s general staff meeting on Thursday.
(Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

The performance-based structure is being considered by Government as part of the public sector transformation move, Holness said at a general staff meeting of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in downtown Kingston last Thursday.

Holness said “We recognise that we have to have a mass implementation of performance-based systems in order to get the public sector to move much quicker in achieving the objectives of policy, and we intend to start this by introducing performance-based pay for permanent secretaries. We are contemplating how do we do this for ministers as well.”

“To get growth, we must have full utilisation of assets, and what has been demonstrated time and time again is that governments are not best at the full utilisation of the assets.”

– Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness

Permanent secretaries across the respective ministries agreed to a performance-based pay structure last December.

He said the system will be implemented over time across the public sector so its realisation can be seen and accepted by people. However, he said it would have to be structured so job descriptions are given to workers who do not have officially outlined duties, roles and responsibilities.

“All these things are in train; they will happen. If we want to achieve growth Government has to make some serious decisions.”

Holness commended permanent secretaries who agreed to receiving performance-based pay last December. (Photo: Twitter: @andrewholnessjm)

Additionally, Holness said the Government is focused on privatising underused State assets while ensuring adequate framework is in place to regulate and oversee them.

 “To get growth, we must have full utilisation of assets, and what has been demonstrated time and time again is that governments are not best at the full utilisation of the assets. Countries that have done well have managed to divest much of their State-run agencies.”

Holness further said, “So in the redistribution [of State assets] that is taking place, things that the private sector can do better we are going to give it to the private sector to run, but we are going to improve our capacity to regulate.”

-JIS