BY FELIX OLICK
The new regulation requires the SRC to conduct periodic reviews of pension to compensate for the rise in the cost of living.
The draft proposal that recommends a four-year review of remuneration and benefits of State and public officers also recommends an automatic salary increment to all state or public officers from the effective date of appointment.
This means that an annual increment shall only be awarded to new employees at least after one year of service.
However, the review may be implemented in phases across the public sector subject to the budgetary allocation approved by parliament.
This is because the legislature shall allocate funds for the implementation of the review.
The review that shall be conducted at the same time across the public sector would require at least a one-year study on labour market dynamics and the prevailing economic situation.
According SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem, the commission will also conduct special reviews to ensure attraction and retention of critical or scarce professional skills.
"The special reviews may be necessary to effectively execute the functions of the public service or to compensate for increased cost of living. However, the special review shall not interrupt or replace the four year review cycle," said Serem.
Among the factors that the commission shall consider in setting and reviewing salaries include the prevailing social, economic and environmental factors, prevailing market rates, sustainability and the productivity of employees.