Guernsey minister calls for end to long service rises

Guernsey's treasury minister has said the civil service custom of awarding yearly pay rises and promotions for long service should stop.

Deputy Charles Parkinson said he had raised the issue with the Public Sector Remuneration Committee (PSRC) and had received a positive response.

He said: "People just move up the scale through time served, which I think is wrong. This needs to be addressed."

"I think promotion should be more performance related," he said.

Deputy Parkinson said he understood that "people are assessed but that's not reflected, necessarily, in their pay".

Deputy Parkinson said he was happy that responsibility for addressing the issue lay with the PSRC and not with him as minister for Treasury and Resources.

Deputy Allister Langlois, the PSRC chairman, confirmed to BBC Guernsey that he would be willing to give his political support to "streamlining" the public sector pay process.

"However, this is not something that could be done in the short term," he said.

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