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Government looks towards improving efficiency in operations

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, says the Government is collating data on the grades and salary scales of  various positions across the civil service to determine how best these can be restructured.
 
He says this is aimed at retaining highly skilled people and improving efficiency in government operations.
 
Speaking at a recent Caribbean Policy Research Institute public forum, at the Mona Visitors' Lodge in St. Andrew he disclosed that there are 326 grade classifications across the public sector compared to seven for some developed countries. 
 
According to Dr. Clarke, the hundreds of  classifications cause complexities and inefficiencies.
 
He contended that this is further compounded by challenges in retaining much-needed technical experts in the public sector because of  work-related issues, including compensation.
 
He says the issue will have to be addressed in partnership with trade unions and other stakeholders as well as with the help of  the International Monetary Fund.


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