Civil Service Skills Shortages
The Public Service Commission is currently working on a Scarce Skills Retention Policy for Civil Service. Public Service Commission permanent secretary Mr Parmesh Chand said over the past years government has lost considerable qualified and skilled personnel to private and regional organization’s, adding that the absence of qualified staff in Ministries affects Government’s ability to deliver the required services to the public.
Work classifications that Government considers as scarce skills are in the areas of Doctors, Engineers, Meteorologists, Veterinary Officers, Town Planners, Marine Scientists, Agricultural Scientists, Geologists etc.
“The recruiting and retaining of skilled staff is one of the important processes of Human Resource Management. The intention is to ensure that the organization has the right number of staff, right kind of staff, at the right time and place with the right skills and competencies doing what are economically important for the organization,” he said.
Mr Chand says the policy being developed will be ‘tailor made’ to suit the skilled areas mentioned and addresses the issues to hand where we lose staff with scarce skills and expertise on an ongoing basis.
He added that for staff retention to be successful, it has to be linked positively to the processes and practices of recruitment, selection, placement, training and development, remuneration and performance appraisal. There is a draft policy already formulated and this is currently being subjected to wide ranging consultations within the civil service. It will then be submitted to the Commission for consideration with timing for implementation envisaged for this year. -- No:1238/PSC