Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Ireland’s 230,000 public servants will each get special pay increases thismonth as the country experiments with a public service benchmarking scheme. The salary rises, ranging from 3 per cent to 25 per cent, are in addition tothe current national wage agreement which provides for 4.8 per cent annual payincreases. The benchmarking scheme has been billed as the most extensive andcomprehensive comparison of public and private sector jobs conducted in Europe.The programme is being administered by the Public Service Benchmarking Body,which was established as a joint initiative between the Irish Congress of TradeUnions and the Irish Government – through its national social partnership –after a series of strikes across the public sector. More than 2m euros (£1.4m) was spent hiring various experts and consultantsto assess the education, responsibilities, performance, stresses, skills,judgement, competencies and management structures in 135 different sectors andgrades. The benchmarking team engaged nine leading consultancy firms, including CapGemini, Watson Wyatt, Hay Group, Saville & Holdsworth, and Mercer toprepare specific job evaluations has. It produced pay data on 202 privatesector companies, involving 3,563 jobs, and developed 276 core ‘job capsules’with which to make comparisons. The process is a historic break from the traditional grade structures withsalary scales based on relativities to key grades like clerical officer orprincipal officer civil service positions. The new rates apply to members of the police, nurses, teachers, hospitaldoctors, soldiers, council engineers, health board administrators and the civilservice, apart from the two top grades. By Gerald Flynn an industrial correspondent with the Irish Independent. Irish govt pilots public service benchmarkingOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.