The Contract System of Employment for Senior Government Officials

Experiences from the Pacific

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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 in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. 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.



Potential of a Contract System of Employment in the Pacific

It is not uncommon for any new system or practice to undergo continuous modifications and amendments to ensure its viability. The contract system of employment as evidenced during consultations was something new to all island governments and lessons learnt can broaden understanding and assist in making the system work. Following are some observations.


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