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VI Public officers converted to new salary scale

The Department of Human Resources has successfully converted some 2499 public officers in th. Virgin Islands (VI) to the new salary structures in line with their March 31, 2024, deadline. Photo: VINO/File
During his 2024 Budget Address, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Dr. Natalio D. Wheatley announced Cabinet’s decision to include nearly $10 Million in this year’s budget to effect the new Public Service salary structure. Photo: GIS/File
During his 2024 Budget Address, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Dr. Natalio D. Wheatley announced Cabinet’s decision to include nearly $10 Million in this year’s budget to effect the new Public Service salary structure. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Department of Human Resources has successfully converted some 2499 public officers in th. Virgin Islands (VI) to the new salary structures in line with their March 31, 2024, deadline.

According to information toady, April 12, 2024, from the Governor's Group and Office of the Deputy Governor, the conversion follows the Compensation Review and Job Classification report completed by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in October 2023 and submitted to Cabinet on November 8, 2023.

Deputy Governor Mr. David D. Archer Jr. said, “Public Officers are the driving force of our Territory. Therefore, we have a responsibility to ensure that they are equitably compensated according to industry and international standards. The success of this exercise speaks to our continued commitment to building a world-class Public Service that is filled with individuals that are truly proud to be public officers.” 

“Today, no public officer is earning a salary below the living wage and this is due to the hard work executed by public officers alongside the consultants,” he added.

Funds in 2024 budget 

During his 2024 Budget Address, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Dr. Natalio D. Wheatley announced Cabinet’s decision to include nearly $10 Million in this year’s budget to effect the new Public Service salary structure.

The Office of the Deputy Governor began consultations following this announcement on the findings of the Compensation Review report in an effort to gather feedback on the proposed new salary structure. These meetings included Public Service Associations and Unions, Senior Managers and the wider Public Service.

Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sharleen DaBreo-Lettsome commented on the work of the Department of Human Resources to achieve all conversions on schedule.

The Office of the Deputy Governor will also implement a new allowances and benefits schedule for the Public Service beginning April 15. The schedule seeks to streamline the allocation of additional compensation for eligible public officers.

The Government of the Virgin Islands awarded PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) a contract in October 2022 to carry out a Compensation Review and Job Classification for the Public Service. The contract was valued at Three Hundred and Two Thousand, One Hundred and Three Dollars ($302,103.00).

28 Responses to “VI Public officers converted to new salary scale”

  • don (12/04/2024, 20:25) Like (23) Dislike (26) Reply
    are they going to do more work?
    • @ don (13/04/2024, 09:57) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Ever heard about inflation and adjusting salaries for it? Stop assuming you are the smartest person in the room.
  • Thanks (12/04/2024, 21:16) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for the illusion of a better salary when all some persons got was $25 on their salary. New teachers and teachers with 15 or as much as 25 years service and experience started at the same salary( Make it make sense.)
    Thanks for the few dollars more but better could have been done in terms of the disparity. Who does a salary scale are start everyone with varying years of service and experience at the same level? I guess those at the top positions got fixed and couldn't care less about the middle workers. I thought you tried to encourage your experienced workers to stay. Don't worry, everyone running to the 25 years mark to retire so you can continue with your new employees.
  • hard rock (12/04/2024, 21:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Down at Bviec Pock Wood Pond. Only the mechanics was giving more money and the Boss wants to work the rest employees harder.
  • NB (12/04/2024, 21:55) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Well I guess the rude and unconcerned ‘I don’t give a damn’ ‘you disturbing me from ticktock and instagram’ people getting rewarded. Kudos, carry on
  • round rock (13/04/2024, 03:35) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    I must congratulate the government for a job well by done by Price Waterhouse Cooper. I knew it was a very tedious job that you did. I do hope that the government will select the same consultant to evaluate an increases for pensioners who have served this country for many years. The pensioners are going to the same supermarkets and other businesses to make purchases and paying other bills.
    • Bush Professor (14/04/2024, 08:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Round Rock, I have not seen the new pay scale, do I will reserve comment until after I have had a chance to peruse it. Nonetheless, I will offer a simple comment on pensioners pay. Pensioners should received a cost of living allocation ( COLA) to keep up with inflation. Do not treat the people as if they come from above Round Rock. You better ask somebody if you don’t know what that means, especially Virgin Islanders.
  • Hmm (13/04/2024, 04:59) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    More money for them to less work . But we'll see if they are motivated
  • Sounds Good. (13/04/2024, 05:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do it fairly, Make discipline, tidiness, on time arrival and performance the Criteria..
  • Reader (13/04/2024, 06:28) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congrats to the BVI Govt. leadership on this achievement on behalf of public officers! It's good to give Praise when it's due.
  • Time will tell. (13/04/2024, 07:09) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Government needs to hold off, and fix what needs to be fixed on this endeavor. The government continues to do a half ass job of taking care of the HARD WORKING PUBLIC SERVANTS, why rush to start paying and their's still amendments to be made. We were shafted on the New salary review and now shafted again with this new Allowances. This is so upsetting.
  • Concerned (13/04/2024, 07:35) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Anything for BVIHSA? We have not had a raise in years!! Always working under stressful conditions.
    • @Concerned (13/04/2024, 11:38) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      BVIHSA they claim is not under government
      • No (14/04/2024, 06:03) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        It is a statutory body. The board makes its own decisions on salary and salaries, etc.
    • Observer (13/04/2024, 15:17) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Why you think the government put us under a statutory board? Because they don't want the responsibility to giving us increments and such. BVIHSA cam do what they want with their employees without having anyone to answer too. The salary you start with is what you stuck with for the rest of your life unless you elevate your education just to get 18¢ more raise! BVI slavery and imagine we are afraid of England rule!
  • Injust (13/04/2024, 09:21) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one is mentioning the pensioners , what about them ?? The cost of living ( sky high ) and the pensioners salary is nothing to be proud about,, one of this days ,you too will retire. Keep that in mind…
  • @don (13/04/2024, 10:10) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    When they were being overworked but hardly being paid, where were you?
  • disappointed (13/04/2024, 12:48) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Public officers working 20 years of service get same exact salary as a person working 5 years with no adjustment how can this be and u guys payed this company 300k to copy and paste and you guys just signed off on it as usual without reading
    • @Disappointed and @NB (13/04/2024, 14:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you Disappointed, but I do not agree with the stereotype portrayed by NB. I have worked for many years within the service industry. Seeing someone without any experience or little knowledge of going-on or operational practices is to be paid the same salary as others like me is unfair and disheartening. Imagine, it took an outside agency to tell them that the financial hardships and disparities experienced by the large population of people in this country are because of the meager salaries that we have been given. BTW thank you Price Water Cooper and the government workers who worked closely and feverishly to make this process a success.
      Correct me if I'm wrong but I think they said that they modeled this new salary scale from the one used by Turks and Caicos...I can bet that they have factored in experience within their salary scale! Ludicrous to think otherwise. You want your people to come back home - then do better! Don't just do the bare minimum!
  • peon (13/04/2024, 13:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this mean that the Premier gets another sixteen cases of scotch, but has to share a bottle with the janitor?
    Nice they had to hire outside help to do arithmetic.
  • Why???? (13/04/2024, 15:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guidance counsellors ars being paid for their Masters degree because apparently they need it to come into a classroom twice per month and barely deal with the issues and challenges that students face. Teachers still have to deal with so much while counsellors relax for more than 3/4 of the month. The Ministry of Education needs to look into these counsellors who are being paid to relax. If a master's degree is not necessary to teach them it's absolutely not necessary to counsell because many of them don't use it. There is so much going on in education but it seems like no one gives a damn. The students prefer to deal with their teachers more than these counsellors who are being paid more than them.
    • @Why???? (13/04/2024, 17:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guidance Counsellors visit classes once per month. It’s ideal if you want to sit back with very little to do.
  • WOW (13/04/2024, 17:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    2,500 public servants…we have about 16,000 belongers in the Territory, 40% too young to work or retired, so a pool of about 10,000 adult belongers. Conclusion is that about 1 in 4 of adult belongers are govt. employees.
    Secondly, article states $ 10 mill added to make a living wage (conveniently not defined) which works out to $4,000 per civil servant per year, or about $330 a month. Better than nothing but does this really result in a living wage?
    Lastly, say new wages average $ 30k/year. That means annual govt wage budget needs to be $ 75 million. Factoring in politicians and political appointee wages and you’re pushing 18% of the last published GNP of about $440 million. That’s a lot and not likely sustainable in the long run. Jus’ saying.
  • Stealth (13/04/2024, 20:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No doubt the civil servants ( need a new less servile name ) / is the engine that drives and the blood which carries oxygen to public goods and services. Though civil servants are often caricatured, maligned, etc buffoons, lazy, etc, until we need them during a crisis, disaster, ie, aftermath of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc. Senior civil servants provide advisory services on technical issues, public affairs, etc to elected officials. They provide the continuity in public knowledge, maintaining an information, process, etc, repository. The civil service should undergo a periodic creative destruction to keep it current and competitive. Here is a news flash. The public sector is in competition with the private sector (managed competition, outsourcing, privatization, etc) to deliver goods and services to the public in the most economical manner. Consequently, the public sector must be competitive in delivering services save for inherently governmental functions.

    Moreover, will this new plan come with Grades and steps for increase based on time and specified minimum performance levels. Further, will the plan/programme be administered fairly and professionally. Will the plan have a structured progressive discipline, coaching and mentoring, etc element to it.

    The current structure of the civil service is not ideal. The local government funds the civil service but the Governor manages the civil service. Finance was once the purview of the Governor but shifted to the local government in the late 1970s under the Williard Wheatley administration. Nevertheless, the Governor still controls finance through reserve powers, assent power, etc.. Like finance and as the VI moved towards a greater measures of full self-governance, the civil service needs to transfer to local governor. Colonialism is about control and Mount Olympus holding on to civil service, along security forces,, ie, RVIPF, HMP, Judiciary, etc, is about control. Does the UK fund any of these functions it has control over??? VI taxpayers paying to be controlled ; this is the definition of crusading. An example of crusading is the vI taxpayers altogether funding the Governor’s regime in the territory. It resembles parasitic behavior.
    • Stealth (14/04/2024, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Correction:” Like finance and as the VI moved towards a greater measures of full self-governance, the civil service needs to transfer to local governor.” The last word of the sentence should read ‘Government ’, not Governor.
  • kool (13/04/2024, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now addres the college and the 3% they got after 20 yrs. Inflation up 70% and they got 3%. No wonder they work like they dint give a shirt.
  • american express (17/04/2024, 16:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they can always get the money from Brian or other foreigners who move to the BVI and then all their bank accounts hacked and people demanding and begging money from them and their belongings brought into the territory being stashed away by a former landlord with a respected name. That seems to fill the treasury. And pay for drugs.
    BVI steals from outsiders to function. US presidents and UK Prime ministers don't interfere because this is how they function too. Reminds them of themselves.

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