Mr M W Makhubela (COPE-Limpopo) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
With reference to his department’s 2009-10 Annual Report regarding the revision of the Public Service salary structure, (a) how was the structure revised and (b) what has been the outcome?
1.The changes to the Public Service salary structure were agreed to in PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009, and were implemented with effect from 1 April 2009. The revision to the salary structure entailed –
reducing the number of notches per salary level from 16 notches to 12 notches;
an increase in the difference between the notches from 1% to 1.5%; and
introduced a grade progression model that provides for employees that meet qualifying criteria to progress to the next higher salary level.
2.The revised salary structure provides for improved salary progression opportunities and it has the following benefits –
Higher annual pay progression of 1.5% based on satisfactory performance;
Allows employees to progress to the next higher salary level by recognising years of service and performance;
Promotes performance as employees who consistently perform above satisfactory may progress sooner by means of accelerated grade progression; and
Prevents employees from job hopping.