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Cabinet is expected to shortly review more recommendations surrounding job performance and ways to increase efficiency in the public sector, which employs the lion share of Virgin Islanders.
A report from Job Analysis Project, which was carried out by KPMG, has been submitted to Government and Job Analysis Implementation Team has been reviewing the report, according to Acting Director of the Department of Human Resources, Michelle Donovan Stevens.
"KPMG has met all the core components of the project, which included reviewing role profiles and organisational charts, providing recommendations for efficiency and technological improvements across the public service, making specific departmental recommendations and classifying hazardous roles," Donovan Stevens was quoted in a Government release.
She shared that Job Analysis Implementation Team has reviewed KPMG's recommendations and has recently completed a detailed report.
"The team has also provided significant input and further recommendations to support the Job Analysis Project by making additional recommendations for service-wide improvements to increase productivity and efficiency within the public service. The details of the implementation team's report will be submitted to Cabinet this month," Donovan Stevens stated.
On August 26, 2011 former Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal, signed a $300,000 contract with Director for KPMG (BVI) Limited, Russell Crumpler.
At the signing ceremony, Financial Secretary, Neil Smith noted that personal emoluments, wages and salary account for some forty percent of the recurrent expenditure of the Government of the Virgin Islands. He added that it is important in having such a significant expenditure, that Government ensures that they get it right by ensuring the human resources are allocated in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
"The Government of the Virgin Islands has decided to conduct a human resources allocation exercise to determine exactly where the best fits are and if individuals are not fitted in the best place, where would be the best place to put them," Smith had stated.
He had also assured that the intention is not to resize the public service by shedding people, but instead to put them in the right place.
"This exercise that KPMG will be doing for the Government of the Virgin Islands is the first step in making sure that the exercise is done properly," Mr. Smith had stated.
The Job Analysis Project included six phases - planning, investigation, analysis, documentation, strategic review and recommendation. According to Government, the project took eight months to be completed and involved the active involvement of public officers.