A Profile of the Public Service of Malta

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Public sector reform has moved on apace since the first of the Commonwealth Public Service Country Profile Series was launched in 1995 when the principles of New Public Management (NPM) were in an early stage of adoption. Since then, the various civil services described in the series have undergone radical change in scope, organisation and approach rendering a revision timely. Now up dated and completely revised, these reissued Country Profiles continue to be an accessible and valuable source of reference which attempt to both describe and analyse the often tumultuous and controversial public sector reforms which have taken place in contributing countries since 1995. Practising bureaucrats diplomats political and academic audiences will find these new books invaluable in benchmarking best practice in public sector reform across Commonwealth member countries.



Improving People Management

Before January 1991, the salary and wage structure for approximately 30,000 Public Service employees consisted of over 100 pay scales covering no less than 500 grades. Given the multiplicity of grades and scales, pay differentials between adjacent grades were small or marginal and therefore offered insufficient inducement for career progression. Flat-rate cost of living increases applied over several years had also compressed vertical relativities between scales to such an extent that the Public Service faced difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff in middle and senior grades.


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