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Letter of the Day | An incentivised salary system

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2023 | 12:56 AM


I am writing to express my concern over the recently recommended massive pay increase by Jamaican politicians without any concrete criteria to justify such an escalation.

As our beloved country grapples with pressing issues like crime, inadequate public services, food insecurity, and low pay for critical public servants such as teachers, nurses, and police, it is disheartening to witness this disconnect between the needs of the people and the demands of our elected representatives.

In light of these challenges, I propose the implementation of an incentivised salary system for Jamaican politicians, one that aligns their financial compensation with measurable metrics of their performance. This solution addresses the pressing issues faced by our nation and the concerns surrounding politicians’ demands for increased remuneration.

By implementing a system of clear metrics, we can set specific targets that reflect the well-being and progress of the Jamaican people.

These metrics should be directly tied to critical areas that require immediate attention, such as crime reduction, efficient garbage delivery, reliable running water, and food security. The accomplishment of these goals would serve as the basis for determining politicians’ salary increases.


Such a system would provide a win-win scenario for the country as well as the politicians. First, it would ensure that politicians’ salaries are commensurate with their performance in addressing the urgent needs of our society. This incentivisation would foster a stronger sense of accountability and responsibility among our elected officials, driving them to work tirelessly towards the betterment of Jamaica.

Furthermore, this proposed salary system would create a more transparent and results-driven political landscape, empowering citizens to evaluate the efficacy of their representatives based on tangible outcomes.

It would foster a culture of public service rooted in measurable achievements, allowing voters to make informed decisions during elections and hold politicians accountable throughout their tenure.

To ensure the fairness and objectivity of the incentivised salary system, it is crucial to establish an independent committee comprising experts from diverse fields such as governance, economics, and social development.

This committee would be responsible for determining the metrics, setting achievable targets, and regularly evaluating politicians’ performance. It should be shielded from political influence to maintain the integrity of the process and prevent any bias or manipulation.

By embracing an incentivised salary system, we can pave the way for a brighter future, where the well-being of our people takes precedence over self-interest and where politicians are genuinely driven to serve and uplift our beloved Jamaica.