By Kwanele Dhladhla | 2022-11-28
Government has committed that all concerns by security services emanating from the delayed implementation of phase II salary restructuring exercise will be addressed by the consultant to undertake a salary review for the entire civil service.
This assurance was given by Ministry of Public Service Principal Secretary (PS) Sipho Tsabedze, who called for calm and patience among junior officers on the basis that their grievances, if any, would be addressed when government undertakes the upcoming salary review exercise.
In the interim, Tsabedze said junior officer from the rank of superintendent and below would enjoy the recently announced four per cent salary adjustment for all services, which will be backdated from April 1, 2022.
He said they were working around the clock to ensure that the four per cent gets paid out to Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF), His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) and Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) in January after approval of the supplementary budget by Parliament. “Any other gaps which will need to be filled will be following the salary review exercise,” Tsabedze assured.
Government recently invited consultants to undertake the thorny issue of reviewing salaries for civil servants.
Consultants were called upon to submit competitive bids, which will culminate in shortlisting and ultimately choosing the best evaluated bidder to undertake the E15 million salary review exercise for the kingdom’s over 35 000 civil servants.
The ministry of public service has issued precise instructions to the effect that only qualified firms with a team leader with a high level of competency in the field of management sciences, with specialised training in any of the three key areas of the assignment, job evaluation, job grading and salary structure development could be considered for the multimillion task at hand. It was also stipulated that the leader must also have 10 years proven experience in leading similar projects.
The ministry pointed out that the consultant should be well capacitated in management services with at least 10 years of involvement in organisational design and compensation.
“The consultant should also have strong analytical skills and report writing with experience in research. The team should also be fluent in English and SiSwati and be able to work with and facilitate diverse stakeholder groups,” explained the ministry led by Mabulala Maseko as minister.
It was stated that the evaluation would be done strictly in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations, 2020.
“Following this process, it is the intention to invite the short listed firms to provide proposals for the requested services,” reads the expression of interest in part.
The expression of interest document can be obtained at the ministry of public service and ministry of finance building for the price of E300. Deadline for submissions is on December 9.
Minister of Finance Neal Rijkenberg acknowledged that even though a huge amount of effort would go into reducing the exorbitant civil service wage bill, government remains very much aware of the fact that civil servants had been getting no or below-inflation cost of living adjustment recently.
He said in spite of the E1 billion reduction in the national budget, an effort had been made to accommodate the cost of living adjustment (CoLA) at E220 million, salary review exercise at E15 million and E55 million for appeals.
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