Payroll alternative amendments discussed
The parliament’s human resources development committee discussed amendments on the strategic alternative project for the public sector’s payroll. The committee said in a statement following its meeting Monday that 80 percent of state employees will benefit from the project by increasing their salaries. However, a memo prepared by the committee said that jobs with high salaries will not be raised.
The committee said there are four proposed amendments made by a company that the government assigned to prepare the project. They include adding senior posts to the categories covered by the project, avoid reducing the salary of any state employee, in addition to re-categorizing salaries so that the basic salary will be decreased, while other allocations are increased for new employees. The annual increase of salaries shall be linked with the consumer price indicator, the company said. The project aims to achieve more justice and transparency in the public sector’s payroll system, as well as manage salary increase and encourage high performance, as the current payroll structure is often blamed for killing competitiveness in the public sector. — Al-Qabas