A new salary structure for the public service is due to take effect Jan. 1, and related consultations with public officers are ongoing, the Deputy Governor’s Office announced Friday.

The consultations follow the completion of the Compensation Review and Job Classification recently carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers Trinidad and Tobago, which received a $302,103 contract for the project in October 2022.

The consultant’s final report was presented to the Cabinet on Nov. 8, but it has not yet been made public.

$10 million promise

No more details on the new structure were provided in the Friday statement from the DGO, but Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley announced in his Nov. 21 budget address that Cabinet had decided to include nearly $10 million in the budget to bring the new salary structure online.

Following the premier’s announcement, the project committee — led by Deputy Governor David Archer Jr. and DGO Permanent Secretary Sharleen Da Breo-Lettsome — began an “aggressive consultation project with plans to ensure all public officers receive accurate information on the results of the report, including the new salary structure,” the DGO stated Friday.

“Public officers have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have on the further execution and the delivery of the project,” the office added. “Cabinet has also instructed that the report be laid before the House of Assembly upon completion of the consultations.”


As part of the consultations, presentations recently began with senior managers from across the public service, and permanent secretaries met with the deputy governor to discuss the report’s recommendations and provide input on the way forward.

DGO officials also met with representatives from the Teachers Union, Police Welfare Association, Civil Service Association and the Customs Welfare Association, according to the Friday statement.

Meetings are scheduled to continue this week, the DGO stated.