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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Salary boost for new Permanent Secretaries

By OFANI EREMAE

The 26 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries would receive an annual salary of $91,000 – putting them in par with some of the top paid employees in the country.

This was a significant improvement from previous contracts, according to a spokesman from the Office of the Prime Minister. The spokesman said yesterday the last permanent secretaries were given $60,000 per annum plus other entitlements under their contract.

“So there was a significant improvement in the contract governing the terms and conditions of the new permanent secretaries.

“Of significance is the increase from $60,000 to $91,000 in salary for the new PSs,” the spokesman said.

This means in a year, the Government would spend more than $2.3 million in salaries alone for the permanent secretaries. The PSs are also entitled to Government accommodation and vehicles, apart from other entitlements.

The permanent secretaries have begun signing their four-year contracts with the Government yesterday. And they are expected to take their oaths before Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena today.

The spokesman said the government decided to increase the salaries for permanent secretaries as a way of attracting the best people and to encourage them to perform well. Permanent Secretaries are the highest administrative post holders in the government.

The spokesman said under their contracts, the government would review the performances of the permanent secretaries after six months in office.

Among the 26 permanent secretaries, five of them are women. Four of the permanent secretaries are on special duties. And for the first time, the Department of Finance and Treasury was allocated with two permanent secretaries.

Source: Solomon Star

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