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Civil Service increments not automatic; expatriate hiring up in service

According to Director of the Government’s Human Resources Department Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens (inset), increments to civil servants ‘are not automatic.’ Photo: VINO/GIS
Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL), during the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC), wanted to know the reason for the increase in expatriate hiring in the civil service. Photo: VINO/File
Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL), during the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC), wanted to know the reason for the increase in expatriate hiring in the civil service. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While civil servants continue to complain of being a year or two behind with government paying them their promised increments, the Director of the Government’s Human Resources Department Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens told the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee that these payments “are not automatic.”

Mrs Donovan-Stevens was at the time testifying before the House Finance Committee as it deliberated the 2017 Budget early this year.

She was at the time being questioned by Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL). The Director of Human Resources said that increments paid to civil servants are based on satisfactory performance.

Lots more expatriate working in civil service

Meanwhile, it was also unearthed during the same presentation by Mrs Donovan-Stevens at the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the whole House that the number of contracted employees is up in the civil service.

When pressed by Hon Christian about some information that the Director passed out to elected Members, it shows that “in 2016 the number of expatriate employees was 66, compared to 50 in 2015, and compared to 44 in 2014 and 49 in 2013.”

When asked to explain this trend, the Director of Human Resources claimed that “they have a strategy to continue to train public officers based on the critical areas for the public service and to have those public officers come back to retain positions where they have contractual appointments.”

While there are expatriate workers in the civil service in many areas and posts, the largest number, according to the SFC Report, is in the teaching sector.

One could only assume that locals do not want to teach, not qualified to do so, or many who are in are getting out because of the confusion in the Ministry of Education headed by the controversial Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

30 Responses to “Civil Service increments not automatic; expatriate hiring up in service”

  • ayo see now? (27/02/2017, 20:27) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    ndp stifling locals
  • may the dialog (27/02/2017, 20:30) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    start now. Pleasseeee- VINO stay on this topic until we can get some truths.
  • Well Well (27/02/2017, 20:31) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    myron myron
    • @ Well Well (27/02/2017, 22:30) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      I can understand how he might affect the politics; the man is really bad.
  • BOTTOM LINE (27/02/2017, 21:27) Like (25) Dislike (50) Reply
    Locals,in general are not up to snuff.lacking in perspective. They are unaware of the real world and how it functions and the role of employer,employees and customers.
    Earning a salary and the requirements,aside from showing up reluctantly,is beyond their understanding.

    • @ BOTTOM LINE (27/02/2017, 23:06) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
      I dont know which back water country you come from but its obvious you have a problem living among locals....thats an easy fix.....just return home.....i have a variety of people i socialize with locals and non locals and to make such a racial statement is slander.....

      Growing up as a local BVI islander i can never say that i was given anything.....i have earned all i have....not for recognision or political affiliation....but because i am a young black person in this great world....i tell people all the time from my travels the one thing that is constant is that black people are the most racist.....we pull each other down instead of lifting each other up....

      Now the issue is we as locals have become so laid back that we are afraid to fight for our rights...instead we allow ourselves to be bullied and because we are well traveled we know that the world has more to offer than these small islands we call home and most of us leave for the experience, the money, upward mobility, and most of all to feel a sense of inner peace......
      • Jack-B-Quik (28/02/2017, 19:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @BOTTOM LINE - AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
      • Jack-B-Quik (28/02/2017, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        My bad... my AMEN is actually in support of @k BOTTOM LINE, not the ignorance-spouting originally named...
    • @ BOTTOM LINE (27/02/2017, 23:15) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      Half the citizens of this country want to destroy the other half. And that is called Civil War. That is our normal under this government!
    • Yo (27/02/2017, 23:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Shut your a$$
    • Reflection (27/02/2017, 23:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @BOTTOM LINE. Are you reflecting self-hate towards your brothers and sisters of the Diaspora? All our people are doing is refuting questionable decisions and their experiences within an oppressive environment. What could be so wrong about that? Reflection. I Love Myself and you as well. We must refrain/reframe ourselves from perpetual mental stagnation. From the echoes of our Ancestral Freedom Fighters- The misunderstood but very conscious and beautiful mind of Mr. Noel Lloyd and the Honourable H. L. Lavity Stoutt. Meditate on that profound and powerful transmission. You know nothing about us. Live and Learn.

      • Oh Pleeese (28/02/2017, 09:00) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
        It is a well known and accepted fact that locals are the least wanted for employment across the board. My family for generations have contributed with much hard work to these islands. No slackers here but these set of BVIslanders today are floating around in a cloud of ignorance,clueless and think a salary is their trust fund. It is simply a torturous effort to enter these Gov agencies to conduct business..
      • BOTTOM LINE (28/02/2017, 10:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am,quite possibly,an "US" more than you will ever be. Civil service workers in today's BVI are more like a group of " work program " recruits. My ancestors,also Noel Lloyd and Stoutt were lovers and seekers of education and were effortless in doing for themselves and country with or without accolades or even compensation and increments. Doing little or bare minimum at their daily tasks was not in their DNA,unlike the parasitic efforts of the current civil servants whose lackluster efforts and work ethics is detrimental to what the stalwarts manifested. And yes,I am living and I am most definitely learned.
    • Jenna (28/02/2017, 14:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Nonsense. Government has no reason to hire so much expatriates, and no one seem to supervise them. They drive government's vehicle, go home for lunch and never turn the engine off. Some full up government vehicles with gas then take a hose and draw it out and put it in theirs. According to the dog, "thing to talk, only, only in the BVI"
  • ccc (27/02/2017, 21:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the 12 grade?
  • A word of wisdom (27/02/2017, 22:28) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    I can never remember a time when so many overseas and none nationals were employed in the civil service than now under this government. Locals in the homeland are getting a raw deal.
    • If True (28/02/2017, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      There must be a reason. Considering that it is in the best interest of all that the country functions at its best,there must be a compelling reason. We,as BVvIslanders should take a brave and honest examination of the desirability or lack of us ,as productive
      employees in the private sector as well as Governmen and from the looks of things,we are not premium in that regard. It is only common sense to hire employees that will contribute to a successful operation.
    • Board Member (01/03/2017, 10:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Look at the Stat Bodies
  • unimpressed (27/02/2017, 22:36) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not automatic huh? The Ministry of Education Human Resources department needs to be automatically put in the spotlight and interrogated about their actions - what excuse do they have when they have people, including local teachers, who have gone above and beyond trying to teach the students values, soft skills, as well as academic skills, stay up late doing lesson plans that are exceptional even according to their Principals but who, who are not 'in the mix' as one may say, and get their pay docked for every little thing even when they have legitimate reasons for being absent and proof of their whereabouts
    AND get performance appraisals that if one actually took the time to interrogate the Principals one would see that the results are biased and based on personal feelings rather than on actual performance - but, still, nonetheless up to standard enough to be eligible to receive an increment and.... hmmmm, wouldn't you know it? Pay day is here and still nothing to show. Call Ms. P who they say is in charge and she beats around the bush as usual. This injustice has to stop
  • Really folks?? (27/02/2017, 22:43) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Based on satisfactory performance? Does that same principle apply to the so-called Education department? Why do they have separate HR anyway? They seem to have their own rules but soon time for their behaviour to come to light. All of my evaluations were top notch, except for the last one when they sent a biased Principal with a tattooed neck and blue highlights in her hair who didn't even know her school song at graduation but that is besides the point. I want answers, and I want my increment - last evaluation wasn't what I deserved but it was still very good and the Education officer who signed off on it recommended that the increment be given...People shouldn't have to beg for what they worked for while other people scarcely show up to work and get all the glory
    • Info (28/02/2017, 11:26) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      The seperate HR is for teachers only, the Department of Human Resources (upstairs) do not have the necessary manpower to deal with everything hence the HR Unit within the Ministry! As for Ms. Pole since you like you afraid to call name, she been in charge of processing increments for as long as I can remember, please bear in mind that after she completes her processing, the paperwork still has to go to the Accounts Unit within the Ministry and then upstairs to HR. It is so easy for one to complain without having the necessary facts!
      • 1st responder (28/02/2017, 11:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Touched a nerve didn't they?
        Too bad
        You all want facts ?
        Going to deliver them when you least expect it
        The truth will forever stand
  • i from here (27/02/2017, 22:46) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Utterly surreal, albeit terrifying: no checks, no balances, all out insanity! no one to look out for we locals
    • This Mr. Bonker (28/02/2017, 00:07) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      Ever since this island man D bonker get elected he is been attacking Island people, now he get a little junior Ministe post his attack is relentless... Don't under estimate the power of Island people Mr Bonker. We won't forget you.
  • civil servant (27/02/2017, 22:54) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    the heädline tipped me off on what is going on in my country and the service. almost no need to read further.
  • Mirror. (28/02/2017, 00:01) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
    xpats arei discipline, committed, Humble and respectful unlike most local.. So Locals need to take a look in their mirror..
    • @ Mirror (28/02/2017, 11:26) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Thank You!
    • Stopit!! (28/02/2017, 12:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop pitting us against them. Yes, it is true we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. This is where some want us to be -- Caribbean people fighting against each other. Don't do that, please. There was a time when we were all grouped as one people when we were shackled in the hole of ships. If we are shackled again, we would be looked at as one people. So let us aim to be one people with one goal, one destiny. Discipline, commitment, humble and respectful are also some of the same qualities that our forefathers used to build these Virgin Islands so that all can enjoy this country.
  • my three cents (28/02/2017, 02:23) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need a person like Conrad Maduro to come out and fight on our behalf. Things are just not going right for us in the civil service.
  • bojan (28/02/2017, 07:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't wait for anybody to fight for you fight for your self there is where the problem is not standing up for your self.

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