26,000 Fiji Civil Servants To Be Paid Based On Performance

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Bainimarama says ambitious workers will reap benefits

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 22, 2012) – About 26,000 civil servants in Fiji will be assessed on their individual performance and paid accordingly from next year.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during the Service Excellence Awards night at the Novotel Convention Centre on Friday.

Commodore Bainimarama said the better civil servants perform, the more money they would receive.

"This is one of the basic reforms of all to reward individual effort and encourage initiative and innovation," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said the government was freeing its smart workers from being grouped with their less ambitious peers and giving them opportunity to excel and reap the benefits.

He highlighted that at the beginning of this year, civil servants received a 3 percent pay rise while doctors and nurses got an additional 3 percent to recognize the special work they do and police officers received a 9 percent pay rise incorporating the job evaluation exercise.

Commodore Bainimarama said his government was also fortunate to have assistance from outside Fiji to raise the country's overall standards.

"No country in the Asia -Pacific region inspires us more than Singapore. Singapore is the way Fiji aspires to be, the way Fiji will be if Fijians work hard as Singaporeans do to make it happen."

He added that his government was implementing best practices and standards and had shown the world that Fiji could and would progress.

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