Contract Of Service And Job Order Workers To Be Given Pay Hike By The Government, Says Department Of Budget and Management
PAY HIKE – Contractual workers via Contract of Service and Job Order will receive a pay hike by the government this January 1, 2019 (Tuesday).
This is based on Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2018, which was issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit and Department Of Budget and Management, who revised Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2017 or the rules and regulations governing COS and JO workers in government.
In these new rules, salaries or wages of Contract Of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) workers should be equal to the salaries and wages of equivalent positions in government. They will also gain a 20% premium of their wage to begin next year.
An article in PhilStar said that the premium payment may be paid monthly, in lump sum or in tranches as may be stated in the agreement or contract with the agency, as the order said.
The payment for their services will be demanded against the maintenance and other operating expenses fund in the approved agency budget. The new Joint Circular extends the transitory period for JC No. 1, s. 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020 from the previous deadline of Dec. 31, 2018 in order to secure the delivery of public services.
As per the report, the JC also allows agencies to engage the services of new COS and JO workers through individual contract and renew existing individual contracts until the deadline of 2020.
Joint Circular No. 1 s. 2017 states that hiring under COS should be limited to:
- learning service providers; and/or
- other technical experts
This is in order for them to undertake special projects or jobs within a specific period. This must be done on the note that:
- the project or job is not part of the regular functions of the agency;
- the expertise is unavailable in the agency; or
- it is impractical or more expensive for the government to directly undertake the service.
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