Sep 20, 2021 Last Updated 9:08 AM, Sep 17, 2021

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Human Resources Management Transformation Programme in the Public Sector

The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is the largest single employer of labour in the country with approximately 120,000 employees. These employees are spread across more than 200 public entities including ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The management of these entities, particularly human resources management (HRM), has posed and continues to pose varying challenges for the good governance of this vital resource. The reality is that, the GOJ currently has limited capacity to exercise key functions that are important to effective public sector human resource management such as the ability to effectively plan for future human resource needs and measure performance as well as predict and control costs.

The GOJ recognises that a key component in achieving sustainable growth and development of the country is a public sector that is so enabled to be fully responsive to the needs of its citizens. This means that success or failure of government services and initiatives will largely depend on how well our public sector employees are managed and developed.

Against this background, the Human Resources Management Transformation Programme was developed.  The key components of the Programme are:

  1. Human Capital Management Enterprise System (HCMES), an HR Management and Information System, with integrated payroll, to improve the management of HR and payroll data - Read more
  2. HR Operating Model to enable the delivery of HR services in line with a transformed HR function and in support of a transformed public sector - Read more
  3. Modernisation and Harmonisation of HR policies, procedures and approach to compensation to bring them in line with more modern HR practices - Read more
  4. Public Employees Pension Administration System (PEPAS), a bespoke ICT solution for the administration of GOJ pensions - Read more

Special Early Retirement Programme

The Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) is for eligible employees between the ages of 50 and 59 years. Under this Programme, eligible persons can choose to retire early. Special incentives have been included in the Programme such as two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment in lieu of accumulated vacation leave.

The SERP is designed, as far as possible, to ensure that the process is fair and takes into account both the needs and preferences of the employee and the needs of the employer to ensure that the organisation remains sustainable.  

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the SERP, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a permanent employee of GoJ;
  • You are vested in your pension plan, i.e. contributing for a minimum of 10 years;
  • You are eligible to retire early as per the rules of your pension plan.

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it to your HR Department.