With elections around the corner, the Chief Personnel Officer in the Personnel Administration Division, Gail Atkins, reported today that over 660 temporary workers have been appointed to the public service within the past six months, with more than 300 additional appointments expected shortly.
In a statement released by the Barbados Government Information Service, Atkins said the appointments were a work in progress.
“We are in the process of assessing applicants for the posts of general workers and clerical officers across the public service, as well as school meals servers and assistants and several other positions in which temporary officers are employed.
“The selection process is also ongoing for senior posts in the public service, including that of Deputy Permanent Secretary,” she added.
Some of the appointments which have already been completed include 129 security guards; 32 drivers/messengers; 50 secretaries, including executive and legal secretaries; 68 postmen; 217 prison officers; 59 maids; and 58 staff nurses/health sisters within the health centres and polyclinics.
These have all occurred in the lead up to the May 24 elections, the date for which was only announced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week.