Dominica govt appoints 143 public and police officers in last fiscal year, says PM Skerrit  

In March 2021, the Government signed a collective bargaining agreement with the unions for the period July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022. It is included a 1.25 percent salary increase and a one-off payment equivalent to the salary of one month. 

Dominica govt appoints 143 public and police officers in last fiscal year, says PM Skerrit  
Dominica govt appoints 143 public and police officers in last fiscal year, says PM Skerrit  

Roseau, Dominica: A total of 143 public and police officers received permanent appointments in the last Fiscal Year in Dominica. Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement during his 2022/23 budget presentation. 

In March 2021, the Government signed a collective bargaining agreement with the unions for the period July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022. It is included a 1.25 percent salary increase and a one-off payment equivalent to the salary of one month. 

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit expressed pleasure to report that in spite of the large unplanned expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has maintained its commitments to the unions, and salary increases and the one-off payment have been affected.

He further asserted that the Government continues to prioritise the transformation and modernization of the Public Service. They realise that an agile, resilient and modern public sector is key to the efficient implementation of the Government’s development agenda, a national driver for doing business, facilitating investment and delivering services to our people. 

Over the last year, although challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, they moved closer to the completion of the Public Service Reclassification Exercise. A Job Analysis review and a Job Evaluation exercise were recently completed by a team of independent consultants. 

The Job Evaluation Report has been submitted to the consultant who is undertaking the final stage of this exercise, which is the Review of Compensation and Salary Structure.

 He also expressed pleasure that all the unions have been an integral part of the process. The Government’s promise to generate opportunities for the upward mobility of teachers, with a corresponding increase in pay, counts as the most tangible and significant show of support to those people who are working in the education sector. 

PM Skerrit added that it also represents the fulfilment of a commitment he made to the teachers when he met with them in November 2019.” 

To date, the following secondary school positions have been filled: 

  • Fifteen Deputy Principals
  • Seven Assistant Principals 
  •  Forty-nine Senior Qualified Teachers 
  •  Nineteen Senior Graduate Teachers 
  • Eleven School Counselors 
  •  Sixty-two Heads of Departments