The Contract System of Employment for Senior Government Officials

Experiences from the Caribbean

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This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the ‘new public management’ programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experiences highlight the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.



Assessment of the Contract System of Employment for Senior Public Service Officers (Permanent Secretaries)

Analysis of the findings from the study is presented using a comparative analysis that attempts to achieve a concise report and draw lessons using the basic demographic characteristics of the permanent secretaries and the ministerial portfolio in the case study countries shown in Table 1. This report also uses many of the details ascertained through the country assessment, which looked not only at the contractual arrangements under which the permanent secretaries operate, but also the environment in which they operate and how the various environmental factors impinge on their ability to express leadership and implement policies to achieve national development goals. The environmental factors in question include the constitutional setting, the political context, the macroeconomic situation and socio-cultural factors which determine the broader cultural mores of public administration in any particular country. A conclusion is then drawn from the experiences of senior public service officers under contract employment and other forms of contract in the four Caribbean countries.


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