Reform the wages of state employees on the implementation track

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Reform the wages of state employees on the implementation track
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In the context of equality between occupational groups and the shift towards an effective salary structure and a unified wage system, the Council of Ministers recently addressed the Civil Service Commission to begin implementing the recommendations of the wage reform process for government sector workers at the end of the first quarter of 2023, which coincides with the beginning of the year The new government finances, so that the first chapter of the budget for the fiscal year 2023-2024 appears more gracefully compared to previous years.

This trend comes within the context of a new assignment to the Civil Service Commission that urges updating the wage reform study to realign salaries, allowances, and other financial benefits for all public sector employees.

According to the sources, the Cabinet stressed that the Service Bureau should have its updated study ready before the end of the first quarter of 2022 so that the law on restructuring wages in the public sector can be approved through the National Assembly during the second quarter of 2022.

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The sources indicated that the Council of Ministers set the ceiling for the required savings from government job wages at about 270 million dinars in the first year of implementing the wage reform law, and 640 million dinars and 1.03 billion dinars in the second and third years, respectively, reaching 1.53 billion dinars in the fourth year of law enforcement. 

5 Practical measures

The Council of Ministers has set clear frameworks for the path of updating the study of government employee wage reform, as follows:

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1- Improving the current performance appraisal system during the first half of 2022

2- Designing a temporary evaluation form to measure the best performance starting from the first quarter of 2021

3- A new structure for grants and bonuses in the first six months of 2022

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4- Determining the mechanisms for the growth of salaries and allowances to curb their inflation in some areas

5- A model for reducing the rate of promotions by selection in the next year 

Here are the full details

Within the framework of equality between job categories, job classification, the transition to an effective salary structure, a unified wage system in the public sector, controlling the performance and monitoring of the wages section of government jobs, and increasing the productivity of employees and the quality of their performance, the Council of Ministers recently addressed the Civil Service Commission to begin implementing the recommendations the process of reforming the wages of workers in the government sector on all government agencies by the end of the first quarter of 2023, which coincides with the beginning of the new government fiscal year on the first of April, so that the first chapter of the budget for the fiscal year 2023-2024 appears more gracefully compared to previous years.

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Updated Study

This trend comes within the context of a new mandate for the Civil Service Commission to update the wage reform study to realign salaries, allowances, and other financial benefits for all public sector employees.

According to sources, the Council of Ministers stressed that the Service Bureau should have its updated study ready before the end of the first quarter of 2022, so that the Council of Ministers, following this study, can pass a law restructuring wages in the public sector through the National Assembly during the second quarter of 2022.

Savings Ceiling

The sources indicated that the Council of Ministers set the ceiling for the required savings from the wages of government jobs at about 270 million dinars in the first year of implementing the wage reform law. As for the second and third years, it requested achieving savings of 640 million and 1.030 billion dinars, respectively, up to 1.530 billion dinars out of the total value of Chapter One of the state budget set by the fourth year of implementing the law.

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The value of the salary item and the like in Chapter One of the state budget is 12 billion dinars, as in the budget for the year 2020-2021.

The Cabinet asked the Service Bureau to update the new study based on clear frameworks, including building a design for the long-term employee performance appraisal management, linking job performance and training with promotions and rewards, taking into account increasing employee productivity, and aligning the salary structure with performance.

College of Governmental Studies

Al-Qabas learned that the Council of Ministers has a tendency to establish a college for government studies in cooperation with the concerned educational authorities in the country and that it is expected that the Civil Service Commission will be assigned to supervise its completion and build a strategy for the college’s objectives, as the college aims to educate supervisors and leaders about public administration. To prepare applicants for senior positions, to provide them with leadership skills, and to develop the state’s work assigned to them. It is expected that a strategy to establish the College of Governmental Studies will begin at the beginning of the second half of 2022.

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5 steps 

The Council of Ministers set for the Council of the Civil Service Commission specific frameworks to move towards the modernization of the study of reforming government employees’ wages, as follows:

1 – Analyze and identify areas for improvement of the current performance appraisal system, results, policies, processes, and rewards by entity and profession during the first half of 2022.

2 – Designing a temporary evaluation form to measure the best performance, starting from the first quarter of next year.

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3- Reorganizing and creating a new structure for grants and rewards according to the new evaluation model within the first six months of 2022.

4 – Determining the mechanisms for the growth of salaries, allowances, and bonuses to address aspects of inflation in the salaries of some government agencies.

5 – Design a model to reduce the rate of promotions by the selection, and determine the impact in quantitative terms during the first half of the next year.

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