Pric­ing out cor­rup­tion Civil ser­vice shake-up in May de­signed to im­prove skills, pay

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Kyiv Post Legal Quarterly - - News - Source: Na­tional Agency of Ukraine on Civil Ser­vice

Revo­lu­tion­ary change The new civil ser­vice law, which comes into force on May 1, prom­ises to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the way Ukraine is gov­erned, Sheyko said.

“I think this law is pro­gres­sive, but the prob­lem is not that sim­ple,” she said. It will take time to see re­sults, she said. The new law sets out com­pet­i­tive hir­ing pro­ce­dures for the civil ser­vice, among other in­no­va­tions.

It is ex­pected to im­prove skill lev­els, said Sheyko. She re­called a re­cently con­ducted re-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of civil ser­vants who work at man­age­ment po­si­tions in Jus­tice Min­istry agen­cies. Most weren’t even able to switch on a com­puter.

Af­ter fur­ther tests of the civil ser­vants’ knowl­edge of laws and by­laws, 60 per­cent of them were dis­missed.

“Com­pet­i­tive se­lec­tion will lead to civil ser­vants be­ing more pro­gres­sive,” Sheyko said.

Money prob­lems Em­ploy­ees of the new, leaner and ide­ally bet­ter-skilled civil ser­vice should en­joy bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions, higher salaries and bet­ter prospects for pro­mo­tion and other ben­e­fits.

How­ever, the civil ser­vice law doesn’t stip­u­late that money saved on salaries of for­mer em­ploy­ees should au­to­mat­i­cally go into the wage fund to pay higher salaries to the re­main­ing work­ers, Sheyko said.

Deputy Prose­cu­tor General Davit Sak­vare­lidze ex­pected to be able to re­al­lo­cated salaries of fired pros­e­cu­tors to the re­main­ing ones. "That didn’t hap­pen,” Sheyko said, re­fer­ring to the Prose­cu­tor General’s Of­fice, which still has up to 18,000 pros­e­cu­tors at all lev­els in the na­tion. Those who re­mained in Sak­vare­lidze’s of­fice con­tinue work­ing for a salary of Hr 1,500 ($57) per month.

While the gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes the need to in­crease wages, Sheyko said the pro­posed in­creases aren’t high enough. A civil ser­vant should earn enough “to not be tempted to take a bribe,” she said.

One of the co-au­thors of the civil ser­vice law, hu­man re­sources spe­cial­ist De­nis Brod­sky, told the Kyiv Post that the wage is­sue is a corner­stone of civil ser­vice re­form.

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