Government to determine salaries of public sector workers using productivity

The government, through the Fair wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), has stated that the salaries of workers in the public sector will now be determined by the employee’s productivity.

This information was disclosed on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, on Joy FM by Earl Ankrah, who serves as the Acting Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation for the Commission as well as the Head of Public Affairs. According to him, productivity has never been used as a benchmark to assess the wage that a worker deserved to receive in the public sector.


He pointed out that compensation for workers in the public sector is currently determined by the obligations of their jobs rather than necessarily by their production.


But was quick to note that the Commission is aiming to evaluate this throughout the new phase of the Single Spine Salary structure.


“At the moment, in order to establish a wage, we first do a job appraisal, after which we place the person onto the Single Spine Salary Structure, which ultimately establishes the salary that they receive.


“Although the productivity aspect of salaries is supposed to be a part of the Single Spine, we’ve not started but during this year’s National Labour Conference, participants signed a communique that said the Single Spine must be reviewed and I believe the review process will factor in the productivity aspect of salaries,” he stated. “Although we have not started, the Single Spine is supposed to be a part of the productivity aspect of salaries, but we have not started.”


The claim that workers in the public sector are frequently overpaid for the work that they do was the impetus for Mr. Ankrah’s revelation, which followed on the heels of Professor Samuel Kobina Annim’s statement.


The professor claims that on average, workers in the public sector get paid twice as much as they deserve for their production.


As a result, he has advocated for the establishment of a Public Productivity Committee of Parliament to serve in the same capacity as the Public Accounts Committee. This committee would be tasked with ensuring that ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) as well as the public sector as a whole produce an amount of work that is proportionate to the revenue they take in.


His statement has been criticized by those on the labor front.


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