Online poll: Most say yes to civil service moonlighting

According to the majority of respondents to a Cayman Compass poll, civil servants should be able to hold multiple jobs. 

But the caveat is that they need to do so outside of regular work hours and/or in a way that does not conflict with their government duties. 

The view was expressed by 299 of 472 total participants, which equated to 63.3 percent of the total. 

Second highest option voted for was “No, in no circumstances should this be allowed.” That was the view of 76 people, or 16.1 percent. 

It was a case of seniority in the eyes of 48 people, or 10.2 percent, who felt that “Higher level civil servants shouldn’t be allowed, they don’t need the money.” Meanwhile, 46 people (9.8 percent) said that it was better to decide it on a case-by-case basis. 

The remaining three respondents (0.6 percent) voted for “Other.” 

One person who felt that it was acceptable to have multiple incomes was voluble on the issue. 

“Firstly, as a civil servant I’m demoralized by the stigmatization of public servants,” began the commenter. “My wife who works entirely in private sector and I both had to work two jobs to raise our only child and build a home while pursuing higher education.  

“On our existing salaries we simply could not have raised a child free of any government welfare and in private education nor enjoy a decent life. Not once did we miss work or our secondary jobs become our primary jobs! 

“Today, what I see most public servants making, my heart pains for them. [Everyone] deserves to work hard and enjoy a decent living provided that their primary job is not impacted by secondary employment. The cost of living is crushing and many in the private sectors are working second jobs or have other business interests and get an annual bonus.“ 

“Unlike the U.S. where public servants get a bonus and an annual cost of living increase, we don’t. So before you ostracize CI public servants, take your blinkers off and report or examine all sides.” 

Others who chose the most popular option had comments on a similar theme to this participant: 

“No one should be held hostage to an employer as long as they are able to produce what their [sic] obligated to do,” one person responded. 

Another was riled by the poll itself and took a negative inference from one of the options. “I am disgusted by the ‘they don’t need the money’ option,” raged the commenter. “What next, price controls at ‘rich store owners’ places?” 

Others felt that multiple jobs ought not to be allowed in any circumstances. 

“I feel sorry for anyone who has to take a second job in order to survive, but most of us live paycheck to paycheck,” mused one pollster. 

Another wrote, “Why should they get special dispensation/allowances. Does that mean that I can get a second job too? Does my work permit allow for that? No.“ 

“Government needs to focus on minimum wage and make sure that nobody has the need to get a second job,” said another respondent. 

Higher grade employees shouldn’t be allowed to hold more than one job, thought some people. 

“[This should be] because of level of responsibility, not pay grade,” one person noted. 

Someone else had specific boundaries in mind. “[Second jobs should be restricted to] Caymanians only, [and] those making CI$40,000 or less.” 

Next week’s poll question 

  • Should wardens continue to be placed on Cayman’s school buses? 
  • Yes, they’re vital to keeping control and being there in case of an emergency. 
  • Yes, it creates employment. 
  • No. At $1,700 a month, they’re too expensive to retain. 
  • No. Surely school kids aren’t so rowdy that they need constant monitoring on buses. 
  • Other (explain) 

To participate, visit compasscayman.com. 

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