Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness Declines Salary Increase

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has opted not to accept a salary increase attached to the post under the new public-sector-compensation regime.

According to the Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Information, Hon. Robert Morgan, the decision by Holness will impact not only the Prime Minister’s salary but also other leaders who have held the position.

“It’s not the [Most Hon.] Andrew Holness’ salary that has been reduced; it’s that of the [Office of the] Prime Minister, so, logically, I think it would be binding. I believe that it is binding, [for] both past and present [Prime Ministers], because pensions are also connected to the salary. So past and present and future [emoluments] would be tied to it,” he said in response to a question.

The Prime Minister’s salary will remain at its current level of $9.16 million.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, explained that “what the Prime Minister… has asked [is] that the salary scale for Prime Minister remain unchanged”.

Mr. Holness announced on Monday that he had directed the Transformation Implementation Unit to remove the Prime Minister’s compensation from the new salary scale.

“The Prime Minister’s compensation will, therefore, remain at its previous levels. To be clear, no retroactive payments will apply to the Prime Minister’s pay,” he informed during a press conference.

Dr. Clarke recently announced the new salary scales for the political directorate under the public-sector-compensation review.

These show that over the period 2022/23 to 2024/25, the Prime Minister’s salary would have increased from $9.16 million to $22.3 million, effective April 1, 2022; $25.2 million, effective April 1, 2023, and $28.5 million, effective April 1, 2024.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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