They are the few. They are the proud. They are the public affairs bureau staffers who have been promoted from management level eight to nine. Those promotions could mean pay increases of up to $8,892.54 - with salaries rising from $92,970.26 to $101,862.80 annually (assuming 100 percent compensation). Public affairs staffers lucky enough to get an extra pip on their paycheque include community, aboriginal and women's services communications director Marisa Adair and the bureau's casualty replacement officer Denise Champion.
Health services and planning communications executive director Carol Carman, who was a super-eight receiving 110 percent compensation, is also boosted to a nine. And media monitoring pit boss Rishi Sharma goes from a four to a five. Ms. Champion's predecessor Theresa Lumsdon had earlier managed to negotiate her to management level upwards from eight to nine (a compensation prize for agreeing to head up the career-eating communications shop at children and family development).
Insiders say other raises may be on the way but not before the election. These promotions will likely result in some hissing and pissing at the Rockpile. Ministerial assistants, who have been stuck at management level four since the Liberals took office, have long complained communications directors make more than $20,000 than they do.