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Singapore to Remove Pensions for Administrative Officers
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com
Source Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Singapore
Created: Apr 16, 2013

SINGAPORE, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The pensions for Singapore's administrative officers and judicial appointment holders, and a long-term retention package will be introduced instead for administrative officers, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Monday.


A gratuity plan will be introduced for judicial and statutory appointment holders.


The new retention package was introduced with the aim of retaining officers for leadership and policy continuity within the public service, following a review by the Public Service Division.


The change will affect about 300 administrative service officers, judicial and statutory appointment holders, the Public Service Division said. Retired officers will not be affected.


In another change, the officers and appointment holders will receive a National Bonus instead of the current Gross Domestic Product Bonus, similar to the changes to the salaries of political appointment holders.


The National Bonus is linked to the socio-economic progress of average and lower-income citizens, as well as the growth of Singapore.


A review of the salary packages for Singapore's political office holders, like the ministers and lawmakers, was carried out in 2012 by an independent committee. The president, prime minister and other government ministers received pay cuts as changes were announced to the way their salaries and remuneration packages were calculated.


The said then that civil servants as well as judicial and statutory appointment holders are pursuing professional careers in the public sector, and that competition for talent is keen. The committee felt they should be paid market-competitive salaries.


"In carrying out the review, the Public Service Division also maintained the policy that civil service salaries should lag, and not lead, the market even though they take reference from the market. PSD looked at multiple sources of data and also engaged Mercer, an international expert on remuneration issues," Teo said.


Teo said on Monday that PSD completed its review and it concluded that current salaries are at about the right level and will be maintained.


Teo said that the government would continue to regularly review the salaries of the administrative service and judicial and statutory appointment holders.


Singapore has one of the cleanest government in the world. It adopts a system where the civil servants receive transparent but competitive salaries. The salaries for the ministers are among the highest in the world but they have few hidden benefits.
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