Topped up

Last year, the Campbell administration announced it would be increasing the base salaries for its top bureaucrats by an average of 7.38 percent or $14,960 to $217,758. But the government refused to release the names of which deputy ministers would be getting raises because those selections were made on the basis of job performance. Nevertheless, thanks to compensation disclosure statements for the public service's five highest-paid bureaucrats, we now know finance deputy minister Chris Trumpy's salary increased by 7.83 percent or $16,964.08 to $233,698.78. Deputy attorney general saw his salary increase by 5.97 percent or $13,199.88 to $234,405.48. And health deputy minister Gord Macatee's salary increased by 3.69 percent or $8,159 to $221,205.60. The salaries for Jessica McDonald, the premier's deputy minister, and Martyn Brown, the premier's chief of staff, didn't increase. Messers. Trumpy and Macatee have since retired from the civil service.


Ah yes, this is one of the governments dirty little secrets.

It is tradition in the bc public service to give promotions and raises to those who are soon to retire - this gives them a nice bump in their pension amount AND acts as a carrot to those behind them in years of service.

Since when are taxpayers prevented from knowing how much is spent on salaries??!! What the hell? We're not being told because raises are based upon 'merit'? That's no reason. I WANT to know who the government thinks is doing a good job. Why would they want to hide their lights under a barrell?

The unfortunate part is that taxpayers end up footing the bill for people who for all intents and purposes do nothing of substance or value. You only have to look carefully at some organizational charts to start to see the deadwood. Directors that have no one reporting to them, managers that only 'manage' another manager etc... Very bad for morale.

It's simply hilarious that the two highest paid have left (how long before they return as 'consultants?). So clearly they're the most competent, and the highest performers right? So why are they leaving? Yes the article says retiring, but the public would be surprised to hear the low ages of some of the people getting out of government via retirement.

Garbage never leaves the dump.

Quite right Martin. However in that I am part of the BC Public Service, I will be a nitpicker. What you describe, again quite rightly, is the EXECUTIVE bc public service. Front line workers like myself dont see sweetheart deals like these and very much produce value and substance for the people of BC whom we serve.

Thanks Chris.

I consider 'executive' to be anything other than a standard unionized employee. I have seen the numbers showing the increases of acting managers, managers, directors, acting directors, acting executive directors, and executive directors per ministry and over the past few years and it is frightening. (data readily available if you're courageous enough to ask the PSA)

Management salaries and perq's used to be for the select few, now it's a free for all.

As far as you stating that front line workers produce value and substance for the people of BC, I have to respectfully disagree. My work in the provincial government has taken me to many ministries and many many areas of those ministries. (I've seen a lot). Ask yourself these questions: How many people do you know who run a business on the side during working hours? How many people do you know who surf the internet seemingly all day, every day? How many people who are never at their desks working but in 'meetings' or 'off site', or my personal favourite 'working from home'? The other thing I've noticed repeatedly are workers who just do busy work i.e. run reports that are never used etc etc... I have had the honour of being in a position to ask a large number of employees on a individual basis what they do in a typical week - where their time is spent. Chris, you have never heard such crap in all your life. They padded more than a consultants invoice!

Most ministries have more than a few of these ... I like to call them 'head count' but some ministries are far worse then others. I like to think I've only ever seen the really bad ones, but I'm not so sure anymore.

There are very good reasons why the vast majority of long term government employees are virtually unemployable outside government. Ask yourself why the private sector won't consider resumes from government employees with more than a year or two of service, if at all.

Frightening Martin. I think you are quite right. However I stand by my statement. Over at the JAIL I work at, you pull any of that crap, you get yourself and others hurt. I put my arse on the line for the people of BC every time I go to work. I produce value.

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