|TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Redundant staff reemployedPublic Servants in the Turks and Caicos Islands who accepted offers of voluntary redundancy last year have been given permission to reapply provided they pay back the balance of their severance.
Deputy Governor and Head of the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service, Anya Williams said those officials could reapply for positions in the public sector however there was no guarantee they would be given their previous job.
Ms Williams said the new policy for reemployment would require the most qualified applicant to be appointed for each position, regardless of who held the job previously.
“To be clear, we are not increasing the size of the civil service,” Ms Williams said.
“We wish to make sure that we offer these positions to the very best people for the jobs and we will gladly reemploy people who left under voluntary severance, provided that they are the best person for the job, after a competitive selection process, and that they repay the balance of any financial compensation received.”
She said the previous reemployment policy did not allow staff who had taken a voluntary severance to be reemployed in the sector for 48 months from their departure.
She said the new policy let former employees reapply if they were prepared to pay back the balance of their compensation payment.
Ms Williams said in March 2012 about 700 expressions of interest were received for voluntary severance from Public Servants with 500 people applying to leave.
She said of those applicants, 399 severance proposals were accepted and 134 rejected.
Cockburn Town, 21 January 2013
Edition 346, 29 January 2013