Increments for promotions, extra work
Some 27 Royal Cayman Islands Police Service employees received pay increases between March and October last year, according to records provided to the Caymanian Compass under the Freedom of Information Law.
The RCIPS pay increments made up the largest percentage of the more than 100 pay hikes given to central government employees over the March-October 2010 period, as government struggled to cut its budget.
According to records provided to the Compass after an open records request, 11 of the pay increases were for promotions. Three others were for a “reconfiguration” of the person’s role or job responsibility within the RCIPS.
The remaining 13 pay increases – all given in October – represented adjustments in salaries for a particular officer rank “in recognition of added responsibility and leadership”, police records stated.
“There were varying reasons for the adjustments to employees’ compensation,” said RCIPS Information Manager Raymond Christian in the department’s response to the Compass’ request. “These ranged from promotions to appropriately recognizing staff who had taken on additional duties and responsibilities.
“The majority of salary adjustments made during the aforementioned period were to employees of a particular rank whereby their compensation was reviewed across the board. Their role is considered to be critical in setting the standard and ethos of the Force and having taken on the additional responsibilities and leadership demanded of the post, we wanted to ensure that they were being equitably compensated.”
Pay increases for the 27 police service employees ranged between 2.5 per cent and 21.4 per cent of salary. They were given either in the months before or the months just after the entire civil service received a 3.2 per cent pay reduction on 1 July, 2010, as part of government’s budget cutting measures.
According to an unofficial tally by the Compass, 112 individuals in the civil service received pay raises between March and October 2010. Those include individuals in 22 separate government departments, ministries and portfolios.
The Cayman Islands Civil Service Association has asked for a full accounting of those pay increases in all departments and has pledged to investigate instances where it appears any pay rises were awarded unfairly.
Governor Duncan Taylor said when asked about the issue Wednesday that he couldn’t comment generally on the pay raises for the civil service without reviewing each instance where one had been provided to determine the specific individual circumstances.
“I don’t think you can answer that question without looking at the specifics…they have an increase in their pay, but they have additional responsibilities added,” Mr. Taylor said.
For instance, he said pay hikes given to the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs earlier this year were an example of a “pretty good story to tell”, but that there was a need for the civil service to be more transparent and consistent in the way pay rises were awarded.
“In some instances, if you’re bearing down on your overall costs…there may well be a case there to revalue that job.”
Mr. Taylor said it was his hope that the 3.2 per cent pay reduction for government workers in July could be restored at some point. However, he said it would depend on budget considerations.
Ministry of Finance raises
Additional documentation sent to the Caymanian Compass from the Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Development indicated that five of its employees had been granted pay increases between March and October last year.
Those pay hikes ranged from 5 to nearly 16 per cent of pay and were awarded between April and September.
Two of the employees received pay increases because their positions and responsibilities changed.
One pay rise was given to an employee whose previous duty allowance was removed and added to their annual salary instead.
A fourth employee was awarded additional pay for an increase in job responsibilities.
A fifth ministry worker received an increment for earning a degree and for taking on additional responsibilities.