NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis said yesterday that the government must maintain an ongoing review of the salaries of workers in the public services, acknowledging that it has been challenged with attracting and retaining qualified individuals.

The government has allocated $10m in the Ministry of Finance for this salary review. Speaking on the issue during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday Halkitis said: “We have had an issue with attracting and retaining qualified individuals in the public service. We have done a number of studies benchmarking public sector salaries versus private sector salaries so that the government can be competitive and we can offer competitive compensation to people we want to attract into the service. We have to maintain an ongoing review to ensure the government can offer compensation to keep people in the public sector.”

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