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'Underutilised' public servants may be rotated to other departments- SFC Report

With in excess of 2500 public officers currently employed in the Public Service, according to Director of Human Resources (DHR) Michelle Donovan-Stevens, the Government may be looking to rotate employees who are not being 'fully utilised' in the system.

This was hinted in the report on the deliberations of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) held between November 20 and 29, 2019 at the Office of the House of Assembly in Road Town, Tortola, where Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) inquired about the possibilities.

According to the SFC report on deliberations on the Human Resources Department, "The Minister for Health and Social Development and Territorial Member enquired of the amount of members currently employed in the Public Service. The Director has stated that she provided members with statistics at a glance... which states that there are 2,525 Public Officers."

Send staff to other Departments - Hon Malone

It was then that Hon Malone inquired about the rotation and stated that there may be persons who are not be fully utilised, hence, could take on new roles in another department.

"He asked the Director her thoughts on the subject. The Director indicated that the department fully supports the rotation programme and indicated that there were internal advertisements on work and learning, where certain officers could apply and work on certain projects without having to be transferred," the report further stated.

It was also highlighted that the move would allow officers to be exposed to more areas and gain certain insight; however, one possible challenge, according to the Director, is that having persons released by their departments has been an issue in the past.


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