Singapore – Re-employed Div 3 public officers to get same grade & salary

July 30, 20131:46 pm404 views

Division 3 public officers who are re-employed will continue at the same grade and salary, starting August 1.

The Public Service Division (PSD) said these officers typically perform clerical duties or front-line operational functions.

PSD said Division 3 officers join Division 4 officers who have been on these terms since April 1, 2012.

PSD said the revision provides greater certainty for lower-wage public officers when they are re-employed.

This is one of the outcomes of a PSD review of Public Service re-employment guidelines.

Currently, most public officers who are re-employed at the same grade have their salaries adjusted to the mid-point of their salary range.

PSD said this is in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Re-employment of Older Employees.

The revised Public Service guidelines will also see more re-employed Division 1 and 2 officers continuing at the same grade and salary.

For those whose salaries are to be adjusted, the adjustment is capped at 15 per cent.

PSD added that this is in line with private sector market practice after the Retirement and Re-employment Act came into effect in January 2012.

PSD’s director of Career Development and Management, Mr Tan Hoe Soon, said: “The Public Service values the experience and skills of our mature officers. With the revised terms, we hope to encourage more able officers to continue working after they turn 62 years.”

PSD said the revised re-employment guidelines will see most public officers re-employed at the same grade and same salary.

It added that it will continue to monitor private sector practice and will offer re-employment terms that are reflective of market practice.

PSD drew up a set of guidelines to provide a structured framework on the re-employment of officers up to age 65 years in the Public Service. This was done in consultation with public service agencies and public sector unions. The guidelines took effect on July 1, 2011.

PSD said nine in 10 retiring public officers have been offered re-employment in the past two years.

Responding to the announcement, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said it is happy that PSD has responded positively to its feedback and calls to review re-employment pay policy in the public sector.

It welcomed the Civil Service’s decision to let re-employed Division 4 employees last year and re-employed Division 3 employees from 1 August 2013 to continue on the same job and the same pay.

On PSD’s decision to re-employ Division 1 and Division 2 officers on the same grade as far as possible and to retain their pay levels subject to the value of the job, NTUC said this will help “align public sector outcomes with the broad private sector experience”.

 

Source: channelnewsasia.com

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