The Personnel Department is the Department of Government charged with the responsibility for determining and/or advising on pay and other terms and conditions of service for a wide spectrum of employees within the public sector.
Established by the Civil Service Act of 1965 (now Chapter 23:01 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) the Department determines, through consultation and negotiation with appropriate recognised associations and unions, the terms and conditions of service of some:
- fifty-three (53) thousand monthly-paid officers of the Public Service;
- four thousand (4,000) monthly-paid officers employed in Statutory Authorities subject to the Statutory Authorities Act Chapter 24:01;
- twenty-six thousand (26,000) daily–rated workers employed in Government Ministries and Departments, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Municipal Corporations.
The Department also advises/makes recommendations on the terms and conditions of service of:
- holders of offices within the purview of the Salaries Review Commission;
- members of the Defence Force.
Additionally, the Department is responsible for determining the terms and conditions of employment of persons employed on contract in the Public Service and in Statutory Authorities.
In recent times, the role of the Department has expanded to that of a Central Human Resource Management Agency with responsibility for:
- policy formulation in areas of Human Resource Management which are not within the purview of the Service Commissions;
- establishing and/or reviewing the legal and regulatory framework for Human Resource Management in the Public Service;
- monitoring and auditing the practice of Human Resource Management within Ministries and Departments.
In order to discharge the responsibilities outlined above, the Personnel Department conducts collective bargaining negotiations with some sixteen (16) appropriate recognised majority unions.
It should be noted that, in view of the far reaching financial implications of many of the negotiations which the Personnel Department conducts, the Acts governing the public service provide for the Department to be subjects to "the directions of the Minister of Finance in respect of all negotiations with appropriate recognised associations.
Headed by the Chief Personnel Officer, the Department comprises, at present, one hundred and sixty-nine (169) established positions, one hundred and thirty - six (136) of which are currently filled.
"To be the employer of choice, excelling in the provision of human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations (IR) solutions within the public sector."
"As a strategic partner, we collaborate to develop and negotiate terms and conditions of employment, and to create and implement forward-looking HRM solutions of governance and service excellence."
- Empowered and Engaged
- People First - People Focused
- Professionalism in action
- Result Driven
A logical outcome of the expansion of the role and functions of the Personnel Department has been changes in its organisation structure. The structure of the Department, approved by Cabinet Minute No. 804 of May 03, 2000, is depicted here.
It is important to note that the structure presented here is:-
(i) the culmination of a process involving various structural reviews, the most recent of which was informed by a consultancy completed in October 1999 by the firm of Ernst & Young Limited; and that
(ii) the process of implementing the structure is still on-going. The provision of optimal staffing and the acquisition of suitable accommodation for the Department are two major items currently being addressed.