The Public Service Commission (PSC) has reactivated the promotion (advancement) policy to encourage a culture of high performance that is results-oriented.
The advancement system has been present before but was suspended in 2013.
In a statement, the PSC said the reactivated promotion policy entails the movement of a member from one grade to another and is a result of the job evaluation exercise adopted in 2003. Said the PSC in a statement:
Jobs are evaluated based on predetermined criteria. The system analyses decision-making in job tasks and categories jobs into six groups. Every advancement comes with an upward salary movement except for members who are on the ceiling of their advancements grades.
In order to qualify for the promotion, one should be in the relevant grade immediately below the promotional grade. Such a grade is reached through events brought about by performance advancements.
The PSC had consultations with the National Joint Negotiation Council with workers’ representatives where they resolved to reactivate the system.
The Commission highlighted that:
1). there is a promotion probation period of one year where a member’s performance will be assessed and after successfully completing this period, the member will retain the position to which they would have been promoted.
2). members of the PSC who wish to be considered for advancements must not be undergoing any disciplinary cases within the workplace. They will only be considered after the determination of the disciplinary case.
3). members who had reached the ceiling of their advancement grades – the highest salary step of the highest advancement grade – are awarded a once-off performance allowance. The allowance is equivalent to the difference between the maximum annual salary step of that grade and the annual salary step of that grade immediately below the maximum step.