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Jamaica: Why JUTC Worker’s Pay Jumped 600% In 13 Months – More Unqualified Managers Flagged In Audit

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) worker whose salary skyrocketed by 304 per cent on an initial promotion after two months on the job, and ultimately 583 per cent on a second elevation within 13 months, has been described by the management of the entity as dedicated and committed.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament placed under its microscope on Tuesday glaring human-resource policy breaches when it questioned how a stores clerk receiving a salary of $568,256 could be promoted twice in little more than a year, moving his take-home pay to $3.9 million.

In her July 2019 performance audit report of the JUTC, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis said the officer did not meet the minimum qualification in relation to his job description. Further, the position was not advertised.

Monroe Ellis also noted that the worker was awarded a salary hike of nearly 600 per cent despite receiving unsatisfactory performance evaluation from the company.

Responding to questions from members of the PAC, Paul Abrahams, managing director at the state-owned bus company, said the position became vacant and the individual applied for the job.

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